Adoption in Canada – The need for Change By Ian Brannan – October 18, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Adoption in Canada – The need for Change By Ian Brannan – October 18, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario
CFN – In recent years the number of children that Canadians adopted from impoverished countries around the world once again started a swing upwards. This trend bears bad news for the 30,000 or more children of legal age for adoption that are currently awaiting families in our own country. In 2009, according to reported statistics, around 2,122 children had been adopted from countries such as China, Haiti, and Russia while only 7% of those that are currently in Canadian foster homes awaiting families, were adopted.According to a Draft text for civil society report to the UN committee on the rights of the child, that was written in October of 2010;  tens of thousands of children are growing up in foster care in our provinces and territories.
They are shunted from temporary home to temporary home, and then into  group home after group home, and often they have suffered from abuse and neglect at the hands of parents who are economically and socially disadvantaged, and who may also suffer from addictions and/or mental health issues. This start in life places these children at higher risk for poorer social, educational, and medical outcomes then the general population.
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It went on to explain that it is particularly hard on Aboriginal children who have a large presence in “the system”, when they enter the Foster care system they often loose their connections to their extended family, band or community and especially (some would consider most importantly) to their culture. This, however, is also felt by other children that have been through foster care.  Where the information provided to the children and even the parents of the children is so little, that in some cases they barely know more than the first name of the child, birthdate, and their place of birth.
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These statistics are frightening, even to people that have not been through the system.   It’s harder though, to imagine what it’s like when you are living in this situation. It gets worse though, according to a three-year research project that was conducted in three different cities (Calgary, Toronto, and St. John’s), where interviews were performed with 689 street-involved youth, and it was found that 68 percent of those youth had previously been in foster care.
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It has been found that youth leaving care without permanent homes without the connections or supports any good parent would provide often can end with the youth dropping out of school, becoming single parents, and come into contact with the Justice system.  When spoken to, an individual that has been through an adoption early in her life believes that her life was bettered because of her adoption, also puts in that it is too easy these days for families to adopt children from other countries.
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That this should be discouraged and that families should give priority to children from Canada that require families. It maybe time that the government stepped in and changed the policies so that it would be more difficult to import a baby then it is to adopt a child here in Canada?
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Ian Brannan is a first year Journalism student at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall Ontario who is starting an internship.    If you wish to contact him email info@cornwallfreenews.com with his name in the subject line.
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