Helping more children find permanent homes and more Ontarians build families through adoption

On August 26, 2009 the Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption released its final report which makes recommendations related to public, private and international adoption services.

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) commends the Panel for its extensive work and serious review of the issues faced by all in the adoption system in Ontario. The Association is pleased that the Panel supported the key recommendations put forward by OACAS, Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) and youth advocates to improve opportunities for children and youth to have “forever families” including the need for:

1. a fully funded, provincial system, centered on the child
2. a new philosophy – through public education and awareness – to communicate that every child and youth is adoptable
3. removal of legal barriers which stand in the way of adoption for many, many children by requiring them to break ties with biological family members in order to be adopted
4. subsidies to enable families to adopt, and for children to have families

The Panel found that the problem is the system not the people. The 229 page report includes 64 recommendations under three broad headings:

1. Create a provincial adoption agency
2. Develop tools to manage the adoption system
3. Provide adequate funding

CASs are committed to work with the government and stakeholders to enhance and streamline the adoption system in Ontario in order to find a permanent home for every child and youth. We all want the same outcome: help more children find permanent homes and more Ontarians build families through adoption.