Adoption is an Option

The most important thing for children is to have a lifelong family

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - November is Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario and all over the province, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) and member agencies are encouraging families to consider adoption and other options for children and youth.

The theme of the November Campaign, "Adoption is an Option" speaks to the need to find permanent homes for up to 8,000 children in the permanent care of Children's Aid Societies (CASs).

The Transformation Agenda, introduced in 2006 is having a positive impact as the number of children coming into the care of CASs has declined, and those coming into care are more likely to live in family settings.  However, there are still 8,000 children who need permanent homes, and many of these are older children, children with special needs and/or sibling groups who need to stay together.

Since last year, more children and youth have found permanent families through kinship, legal custody and customary care. In 2010-11, there were 971 children adopted and more than 5,000 children found permanent families though legal custody, customary care and kinship options.

The majority of children and youth who need permanent families are in the older age groups, yet they represent a small percentage of those being adopted. Last year children aged 13-18 represented 61% of the 8,000 children needing permanent families, yet only 3.6% of these children were adopted through Ontario's public adoption system.

Ontario's Children's Aid Societies educate Ontarians about the option of adopting older children and youth, children with special needs and siblings through this campaign and other activities. Children's Aid Societies work with potential parents to find the right match for children and youth who need lifelong families.

Fairon and Tracey, who adopted two older children, shared "When our worker told us that she had two siblings, ages 8 and 11, who might be a match for us, we said 'show us our children.' It takes time, patience and work to build a family. But we knew that when we decided to adopt."

People who are open to parenting special needs children, sibling groups or older children are also encouraged to consider adoption. "For us, adoption has always been a natural process for creating a family. First of all, we're not infant people. Older kids are awesome, especially once they hit an age where they have distinct personalities," said Elizabeth, adopted mother of an older child with special needs.

New legislation proclaimed this summer will make it easier for children and youth to find permanent families. The Building Families and Supporting Youth To Be Successful Act, 2011 removes barriers so that more kids in the care of Ontario's Children's Aid Societies can be adopted.

For more information on adoption contact your local Children's Aid Society or visit www.useyourvoice.ca

About the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

Since 1912, OACAS has represented Children's Aid Societies in Ontario and provided service in the areas of government relations, communications, information management, education and training to advocate for the protection and well-being of children. We are the voice of child welfare in Ontario.

For Backgrounder - www.oacas.org

SOURCE Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

For further information:

Marie-Lauren Gregoire
Communications Advisor
(416) 987-9685

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