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May 7, 2011 permalink
An adopted girl now grown tells of her childhood in CAS and adoptive care.
Kimberly Anne McArthur Everett
Hamilton Wentworth Children's Aid Society handled my adoption -Feedback please
I was adopted in the late 70's to a physically and emotionally abusive mother. As an adult I found both sides of my biological family and got the full story of the circumstances around my adoption. My biological mother was ill and hospitalized quite frequently and I was put into "care" during her hospitalizations. After a while the CAS took over- appearantly if a child is in "care" for a certain amount of time they take custody. Both sides of my biological family wanted to take me as their own and would have given me a loving happy home. They were denied by CAS.
I only remember seeing a CAS worker once after my adoption and I wasn't even asked how I was. My adoptive mother's family even expressed concerns about her abilty to parent, which went ignored by CAS.
Only once during my childhood did I dare to expose my abusive home life to some one else, a teacher, who immediately called my mother.....ONLY! I need not get into the repercussions of this, needless to say I never told anyone else.
I seriously feel that Hamilton Wentworth Children's Aid Society let me down as a small child and failed to provide protection to me. In fact they enabled the abuse. I wish to sue them. I am not sure if this is possible as so much time has passed and even if records of my life with my biological family are even existant. As well, I now live in Nova Scotia. Can anyone tell me what my legal rights are for this scenario?