Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada

November 23, 2010 21:32 ET

Federal Support Measures in Adoption: Adoption Council of Canada to Speak with Standing Committee

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) will appear before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) on Thursday, November 25, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. to discuss ways in which the federal government can support adoption. 

The ACC will be discussing the crisis in child welfare in Canada that has left thousands of children in care of provincial child welfare agencies, with too few resources being devoted to finding permanent homes for children and youth who are legally free for adoption.

Among its recommendations, the ACC will urge the Government of Canada to amend the Employment Insurance Act to ensure that adoptive parents receive the opportunity of taking 50 weeks of paid parental leave. Currently, adoptive parents are eligible for only 35 weeks.

"Adoptive families need time to bond with their children," says ACC President Sandra Scarth.

"If amending the Employment Insurance Act results in just 35 additional children leaving the care of child welfare agencies and being adopted each year, the program will pay for itself by relieving taxpayers of the costs incurred to keep those children in care until they reach age 18."

"All of our children deserve the stability, security and certainty that permanency provides."

The Committee hearing will take place at 1 Wellington, room C-120, beside the Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa.

The ACC encourages members of the general public, as well as the media, to attend this important meeting.

Together, we can advocate for national changes and improve the lives of the 6 million Canadians touched by adoption.

Contact Information

  • Adoption Council of Canada
    Sarah Pedersen
    Acting Executive Director
    Adoption Council of Canada
    Laura Eggertson