NEWS 1130: Hundreds of Ontario adoptions on hold while commission reviews Motherisk cases

TORONTO – Hundreds of adoptions have been put on hold in Ontario as a provincially appointed commission reviews child protection cases involving flawed drug tests.

Some of the prospective adoptive families affected by the review have been caring for a child for a long time, said Julie Despaties, the founder and executive director of Adopt4Life, a support and advocacy group for adoptive families.

Despaties said she’s heard from roughly a dozen families in the last few days.

“They are struggling with finding out that there’s reviews and not knowing where that will put their family situation,” she said.