Dr. Carolyn McLeod on London Live 980 CFPL to talk about our #TimeToAttach report and advocacy. Take a listen!Read More
From Western University. The child welfare system in Canada is in “a state of crisis,” according to a new report from Western University. There are too many children and youth flowing into the system, especially from marginalized social groups including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, and African Canadians. There are also not enough children or youth leaving the system to join permanent, safe, and loving homes.Read More
As a part of our Time to Attach campaign, we are returning to Ottawa this month to meet with members of parliament of all parties to advocate for 15 more weeks of parental leave—attachment leave—for adoptive parents and kinship and customary caregivers. Find our posts hashtagged #TimeToAttach. If you'd like to learn more about our campaign, check out this excellent story running in Maclean's magazine this week: https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/adoptive-parents-want-to-earn-their-kids-trust-but-they-need-more-time/ Thank you for supporting the #TimeToAttach campaign. Wish us luck!Read More
[Available in French]. Adopt4Life—Ontario’s Adoptive Parent Association, and Western University, in partnership with the Adoption Council of Canada, are spearheading a national campaign for 15 weeks paid attachment leave for adoptive parents and kinship and customary caregivers. They are taking their case to Ottawa again in April 2019 to build on the momentum of their November, 2018 meetings on Parliament Hill. The #TimetoAttach team will present compelling arguments from research conducted at Western about the need for paid attachment leave.Read More
Last week, Western researchers and their community partners went on a whirlwind trip to Ottawa to meet with several MPs and policy advisors. They had one objective: to advocate for a new class of employment insurance benefits for adoptive parents, customary caregivers, and kin caregivers.
The research team and its main partner, Adopt4Life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association, have been building an argument to offer adoptive parents an additional 15-week leave.Read More