SOURCE: Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada

October 28, 2015 15:14 ET

Youth Voices to Play a Critical Role at Best Practices Summit in Ottawa November 4 and 5, 2015

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - Former youth in care and child welfare representatives from across the country will be taking part in a two-day summit in Ottawa on November 4 and 5, 2015 aimed at dismantling the barriers to permanency in Canada's child welfare system.

Organized by the Adoption Council of Canada, the summit will address challenges faced by the more than 30,000 children and youth waiting to find a permanent home in this country. Research shows that children in care face a higher risk of homelessness,run-ins with the law, poverty, mental illness and suicide.

As part of the conference, a panel of current and former youth in care will discuss what it's like to grow up in the child welfare system and why permanency matters.

The summit will also hear from major stakeholders from across the country including: keynote speaker, The Honourable Bob Rae, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Premier of Ontario;the Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services; Irwin Elman, Ontario Advocate for Children and Youth; Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth; and Del Graff, Alberta Child and Youth Advocate.

In addition, the ACC will unveil its Best Practices Project Finding Permanency for Vulnerable Canadian Children and Youth with (dis)Abilities and feature songs and stories by Susan Aglukark, Juno-award winning singer/songwriter and former chair of Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.

Members of the media are invited to attend the Summit presentations at the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport starting at 9:00 a.m on November 4 and 5, 2015.

Together, we will find permanency for Canada's 30,000 waiting children and youth.

About the Adoption Council of Canada

Vision: A permanent and supported family for every child and youth in Canada.

Mission: We are Canada's voice for adoption, unifying communities' commitment to permanency for waiting children and youth. We support and encourage people along their adoption journey, connecting them to the families and resources they need.

The Summit is funded in part by the Disability Component of the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnership Program, The Winnipeg Foundation and Jockey Being Family.

Contact Information


    Deborah Brennan
    Adoption Council of Canada
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    Laura Eggertson
    Interim Executive Director
    Adoption Council of Canada
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