Stronger Together Adoption Awareness Month

Adopt4Life provides a voice for awaiting and adoptive parents, while focusing on helping families achieve permanency through strong parent and child attachments.

Throughout November, during Adoption Awareness month, we asked our members to share their families' adoption experiences with Parental Leave and early attachment with their children.

We invite you to read and listen to their stories.

OUR POSITION ON PARENTAL LEAVE BENEFITS FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES IN ONTARIO

We strongly support fairness and equity for adoptive families, and advocate that Employment Insurance benefits for adoptive families, including Parental Leave, be made consistent with the benefits extended to biological parents.

Further, adoptive parents and children have unique needs and challenges in supporting permanency and forever families.

It’s our belief that ALL families, whether formed by adoption or birth, need greater flexibility and choice in making the decisions that best suit their individual, family, professional, financial, circumstances.

Adopted children, whether adopted at birth or as older children, have often experienced early trauma and loss requiring intensive attachment strategies and therapeutic parenting by their adoptive parents. Many varied factors, including birth family disruptions, multiple children / siblings, neuro/developmental delays or challenges, differing cultural backgrounds, etc. can all impact a family’s path to permanency, particularly in those highly important first weeks and months when forming their families.

The complexity experienced by adoptive parents in building permanent connections with their children dictates a need for equal treatment, as well as greater flexibility and choice. The development of strong, secure, attachments is vital in order for adopted children to feel a sense of safety and trust.

For all families, the ability to access equal benefits and supports, in the way that best meets the needs of their families, is key.

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