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September 1, 2011 permalink
Timed for the start of the election campaign, the Ontario government is touting the recent changes to adoption laws. A press release invites news editors to publish favorable stories, helped along with a set of quotes and quick facts.
Helping More Kids Find Permanent Homes
McGuinty Government Makes It Easier For Parents To Build Families Through Adoption
Thousands more Ontario children and youth are now eligible for adoption and other supports thanks to changes now in effect.
The Building Families and Supporting Youth To Be Successful Act, 2011 removes barriers so more kids in the care of children's aid societies (CASs) can be adopted. To help with the transition to adulthood, older youth whose care ended at ages 16 or 17 are now able to return to their CAS and receive financial and other supports until the age of 21.
To help more kids find permanent homes, Ontario will also provide subsidies to eligible families who want to adopt or gain legal custody of a Crown ward. These subsidies will be available through CASs for siblings and children 10 years and older. The new funding is in addition to existing subsidies that most CASs already provide to some adoptive families.
These changes are an important step in the government's efforts to strengthen Ontario's adoption system and help more children and youth reach their potential and succeed.
- Previously, 75 per cent of the 9,000 kids in CAS care had access orders that prevented them from being adopted. As of Sept. 1, these kids are now eligible for adoption.
- Ontario is more than doubling the number of Adoption Resource Exchanges - forums that match adoptive families with children needing adoption - across Ontario.
- In the last two years, Ontario increased adoptions by 21 per cent over 2008-09.
- Research shows that children and youth in permanent homes are more likely to graduate from high school, hold a job and contribute to their communities.
- The Building Families and Supporting Youth To Be Successful Act, 2011.
- How to adopt a child in Ontario.
- Adopt Ontario helps match children with prospective parents.
- Backgrounder: Giving More Kids A Place To Call Home.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Ministry of Children and Youth Services ontario.ca/children
Source: Ministry of Children and Youth Services
To present both sides, here are some more quick facts:
Addendum: Reference to the abduction of Natalie quickly caused the video of her to go viral on Facebook. It has even been reposted to YouTube, though it will probably disappear again quite soon. Here is a good video response (flv) featuring an introduction by Laurel Broten.