Ontario Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption Raises Expectations

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Expert Panel on Infertility
and Adoption has released many practical recommendations to government in a
report entitled "Raising Expectations." Following the mammoth job of reviewing
the issues surrounding infertility treatment and adoption, the panel's report
lays out a comprehensive plan to address several pressing social concerns.
    According to Beverly Hanck, Executive Director of the Infertility
Awareness Association of Canada, "these recommendations will go a long way
toward helping couples face infertility issues - their implementation will
make both infertility treatment and adoption more accessible and affordable."

    Ontario cannot afford NOT to fund infertility treatment: the cost to
taxpayers of unregulated treatment and high-risk multiple births is far
greater than funded, monitored IVF. Emphasizing the need for education and
early intervention as a preventive measure, the report proposes funding up to
three treatment cycles and one session of counselling. Also, government must
develop an accreditation program for all fertility clinics and IVF centres,
with a requisite reduction of multiple births (twins, triplets and higher).

    Ontario Cannot Afford NOT to Fix the Adoption System: the cost to society
of keeping youth in care is astronomically higher than providing support and
services for adoptive families. Ontario needs to develop a centralized
adoption agency; the current system of small independent public agencies is
ineffective even provincially.

    These are exciting times! With a rapid and effective response at the
provincial level, "Raising Expectations" will mean better treatment access and
better options for Canada's infertile community.

For further information:

For further information: Beverly Hanck, Executive Director, Infertility
Awareness Association Of Canada, (514) 484-2891, Toll Free: 1 800 263-2929,
Fax: (514) 484-0454, info@iaac.ca

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