TORONTO – The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) are launching a campaign to increase awareness about the thousands of children and youth in care who are waiting for a family.
The OACAS and the ACO are promoting adoption for children in care, through the Adoption Awareness campaign during November, because “one day, every child in Ontario will have a family.”
When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: 75 Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, 3rd floor, major intersection Church and Front streets.
What: OACAS and ACO will launch Adoption Awareness Month with guest speakers:
Robin Cardozo is an adoptive parent and was a member of the Ontario Government’s Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption.
Paula Schuck is an adoptive mother and freelance journalist from London, Ontario, cofounder of the London Coalition of Adoptive Families and the Canadian Coalition of Adoptive Families.
Aleisha Jane Murray Deece-Cassidy is a Grade 8 student who loves math and enjoys speaking publicly about adoption. She hopes to make many people aware of the joys and challenges associated with the adoption process
Please contact your local Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk for more details at 1-888-227-5437.
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:
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