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July 15, 2005 permalink
The increase in the number of babies taken by force of arms has made it possible for couples to start adopting again.
Adoption list to reopen: Names of couples seeking to adopt infant being taken
The Observer (Sarnia), Monday, July 11, 2005, By George Mathewson
Today brings a ray of hope for childless couples hoping to adopt a baby in Sarnia-Lambton.
After a seven-year freeze, the local Children's Aid Society is again accepting the names of 25 couples eager for a child aged two or under.
Officials expect to be inundated with applications.
"We've had a large response in the past and we expect that will happen again," said Stephen Doig, director of services.
As of today, the infant waiting list has reopened for two months. It marks the first time new names will be added since 1998.
The number of couples seeking an infant has long exceeded the number of babies available.
In fact, only once in the past two decades has the society accepted new applications, and that was to add 25 couples to the list in 1998.
"There are a lot of children available for adoption, but they're not always infants," Doig said.
Seventeen children of all ages were adopted through the agency last year, and 25 children the year before.
To be eligible for the infant list, couples must be residents of Lambton County, childless, able to provide documentation confirming they are medically infertile, and prepared to accept a baby within two to eight years.
Couples who have one child and can provide the necessary documentation are also eligible for registration.
Those who meet the criteria should call 336-0068, ext. 260. A recorded message will advise what information is required.
The agency will then forward an application form, which must be returned no later than Sept. 9. Twenty-five couples will be randomly selected by lottery from the eligible candidates and added to the waiting list before it is indefinitely closed again.
Source: Forwarded pdf file from FPinfomart.