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Adopt4Life is in the process of gathering questions from impacted families to compile and forward anonymously to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Adopt4Life is in communication with MCYS, which will continue to share information it receives from the Independent Commissioner’s office, as it becomes available. Adopt4life will then follow up with the families as soon as possible.
With the recent approval of Bill 89, even greater focus is needed on defining the detailed regulations that will determine its implementation. Adopt4Life remains ready to consult with the government on the definition of those regulations, as well as support anyone in our adoptive parents’ community who has questions.
We are writing with our immediate and urgent request that you withdraw your March 20th directive to Ontario Directors of Education that they distribute to schools and students the flyer from the Motherisk Commission: “Were you taken from your parent by the Children’s Aid Society?” Further, we ask that you urgently notify all Boards and Directors to tell staff who have already posted the flyer (in print or online) to remove it.
November is Adoption Awareness Month. Adopt4Life, Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association, strongly support fairness and equality for adoptive families, and advocates that Employment Insurance benefits for adoptive families, including Parental Leave, be made consistent with the benefits extended to biological parents .
Adopt 4Life, Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association, is excited to partner with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in their announcement of the newly expanded Parent 2Parent Support Network for adoptive families in Ontario .
Adoptive parents and families need support. We need to be able to access these supports in the moment. Professionals can help in many ways but they go home at night. We are living this.
Families are the cornerstone of our society. Families raise our children and build our communities. As families succeed, Canada succeed.
~ His Excellency, Governor General David Johnson, Throne Speech 2013
Post adoption peer support is an invaluable way to help adoptive families succeed.
I want to make sure that any family adopting a First Nation, Métis or Inuit child feels supported. That they feel like they can attend the powwow and cultural events and feel welcome. For this reasons I attend powwows, ceremonies and other cultural activities with the families.
Although I had learned in PRIDE training about the importance of providing cultural food, music, experiences, and role models, I had never heard anyone talk about how you have to learn about racism to parent a child of another race.
We need more support networks like this one in order to assist awaiting parents and adoptive parents become the best parents they can be to children who deserve nothing but the best.
To any person who is reading this, no matter where you are in the process, please know, that no matter what, do not stop fighting. And that yes, there will be days where you will want to throw in the towel. Don’t. Just, don’t. You have to get up and try again. Why? Because that's what us parents do!
Adoptive Family Camp by Camp Hermosa is a great opportunity for families to learn, share, gain support and celebrate fostering and adoption with each other.