During Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk and other member agencies of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) remind those in our communities that many children and youth in care need adoptive families.
“All children and youth need loving families to flourish. Many children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies dream of being adopted into their forever family”, said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS. “We know children develop better in the stable setting that an adoptive family offers and that’s why more families are needed for adoption of older children, youth, sibling groups and children of diverse culture and heritage.”
People from diverse backgrounds, single people and those who believe themselves ineligible are encouraged to consider adoption.
At March 31, 2008, there were approximately 9,200 children in care who could be adopted in Ontario. Of them:
- 12 percent were children in the age group 0 to 5
- 32 percent were children in the age group 6 to 12
- 56 percent were children 13 years and over
Last year, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk finalized 16 adoptions while provincially, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies finalized 822 adoptions; but there are many more children and youth who can still be adopted.
Children’s Aid Societies provide a free, public adoption system in Ontario and are always looking for permanent homes for children and youth of all ages. “A strong and free public adoption system, available and easily accessible to Ontarians, is important and necessary to ensure parents looking to adopt can give children in care, who dream of being adopted, their forever family,” added Lewis.
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk and other Societies across the province provide adoptive parents and children with ongoing support, training and education. Financial supports and subsidies may also be available to adoptive parents to help them meet the needs of their adopted children.
In addition to adoption, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk provides services and supports to help build stable families. Working with community social agencies and the government, we want to help create and sustain safe, nurturing environments for children.
OACAS encourages full and continued support for all services for children in need, to ensure they are not adversely impacted by the current economic situation. Especially during times of economic uncertainty, child welfare agencies act as safety net for children and their families. More services, supports, temporary and long term care such as foster and adoptive families, are needed to protect children and assist families.
For more information contact:
Executive Director, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk