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Important Notices

JUNE
How to Adopt: Program Information Sessions

Have you been thinking about creating your family through international adoption? Look no further! Learn more about specific country programs and meet our Adoption Program Managers through live Zoom sessions. These program-specific information sessions will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and engage in interactive discussions.

Sessions will provide details about:
Program History | Partnership | Requirements | Child Profile | Timelines | Step-by-Step Process | Trips

WHEN
India: Tuesday, June 2 | 5 – 6:30 PM
S. Korea: Thursday, June 4 | 5 – 6:30 PM
USA: Monday, June 8 | 5 – 6:30 PM
Thailand: Tuesday, June 9 | 5 – 6:30 PM
USA (Same-Sex Couples): Wednesday, June 10 | 5 – 6:30 PM

HOW
Please select the adoption program(s) in which you’re interested and register at Eventbrite.

WHERE
Live Interactive Sessions via Zoom

COST
$20 + Taxes (per family & per program)

For more information, please contact us:
(613) 226-2112 | admin@childrensbridge.com

News Update for April / May 2020

Please find our most current news update HERE.

Invitation to a Panel Discussion: Developmental Trauma & COVID-19

COVID-19 is bringing high levels of stress and uncertainty to many in our world today. In many respects this is a live trauma that we are experiencing in the moment each and every day. Like other traumas, it has the potential to have long term impacts. There are clear and serious physical health implications, perhaps less prominent but critical mental health considerations, financial and economic impacts, effects on social and family connections and stability, housing and safety impacts as well as the broader effect this may have on how we view the world and our futures. This event has or will impact us all in one form or another.

However, this pandemic, and the physical distancing that is required, has the potential to impact those who have experienced and are living with developmental trauma in more fundamental ways. The DTAA, as an “action” alliance, recognizes and acknowledges this and wanted to proactively work together – collaboratively across agencies and fields of expertise, to highlight and potentially help prevent some of the negative impacts of this. This time can also be an unique opportunity to seize in some positive ways – to strengthen and deepen the nurturing relationships in our lives, to give back to our communities by keeping ourselves and others safe, and to give ourselves the gift of kindness and compassion during this very challenging time.

Invitation Details

Please join a DTAA panel for a live discussion about developmental trauma and COVID-19. Together we’d like to explore and learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on people with developmental trauma, talk about what can help and provide some helpful tips and resources.

When: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Zoom (please register for meeting details)
Cost: None – this a free presentation!
Panelists: Leticia Gracia, MSW, RSW, Dr. Charlie Menendez, C.Psych, Susan O’Quinn, MSW, RSW.
Recommended Audience: This panel discussion is primarily for families who are parenting children who have experienced developmental trauma.
Questions: You can share your thoughts and questions ahead of time when you register, and/or during the panel discussion.

To learn more: click here. | To register: click here.

Message from the Children’s Bridge Foundation

The Children’s Bridge Foundation is recruiting new Board Members! CBF is a Canadian charity dedicated to supporting health and education programs for orphaned and abandoned children in the developing world. Started in 2003 by a group of adoptive parents, our charity is run by volunteers who have a passionate desire to help improve the lives of children who have so little and deserve so much more.

The Children’s Bridge Foundation is a completely volunteer-based charitable organization (CRA Charitable number: 895155208R0001) that has no religious or political affiliation. Over the years, we have helped support children in China, Kenya, Zambia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Syria and Vietnam.

Our mandate is to raise funds and partner with efficient and accountable local organizations to assist them in offering support to orphaned and abandoned children. Support ranges from medical programs to educational support to training or resources for caregivers of orphaned and abandoned children to help these children to break the cycle of poverty.

Please visit our website at www.childrensbridgefoundation.com to learn more about our programs. If you are interested in donating, or in joining us, please contact Board President Dahlia Stein at dahliastein@childrensbridgefoundation.com.

We are particularly in need of anyone with accounting, communications or fundraising experience!

 

A Message from our Executive Director: Travel Advisories/COVID

Response to COVID-19: A Message to Families

Dear Families,

During this unprecedented time, we are writing to express our support as you proceed through your adoption journey. As adoptive parents ourselves, we are very aware that this is already a time filled with uncertainty and great excitement while waiting for news of travel to meet your child or to complete the adoption process — without these additional health and travel concerns.

We ask for your patience, and to know that staff will do their best to ensure that each family’s adoption process is completed as expeditiously as possible, while also respecting the directives being issued from our own government, and our overseas partners and authorities. This means that some family travel dates and/or court dates will be postponed and/or rescheduled, and we ask that you please follow the direction of staff for the well-being of current and future children and families participating in the program.

The Board wishes to thank our staff who work tirelessly every day to support our families, even more in the face of these challenging circumstances. Last year The Children’s Bridge invested in collaboration tools and technologies to allow our staff to better work remotely, and we will make use of those technologies during this time. We ask for your understanding if response times are a little longer than usual while staff also deal with their own disruptions and alternative working situations (working with kids at home!).

In addition to reducing the number of staff in the office, AdopTALK and other events planned for March and April will be rescheduled. Details will follow.

We continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials and government officials to guide our approach. The Board strongly encourages both our staff and families to stay informed and follow the advice of health care officials. As the situation evolves, we will continue to support you to the fullest of our ability, and will keep you informed as new information becomes available. Please visit our Travel Advisories & Restrictions page, as staff will continue to update this page regularly.

Sincerely,

John Sutton
Chair, Board of Directors

Karyn Arnauld-Bakelaar
Executive Director

Time to Attach – We Need Your Help

During the past two years, The Adoption Council of Canada, Adopt4Life, and Western University have together advocated for the introduction of a new 15-week attachment benefit program for adoptive, kin, and customary care parents, through a campaign titled #TimeToAttach. Through this ongoing effort, they have worked towards the implementation of this additional parental benefit leave under the Employment Insurance program to support healthy and secure attachment for adoptive families.

Currently, adoptive families are not eligible for the 15 additional weeks of maternity benefits that birth and surrogate mothers may access. The adoption community faces certain additional challenges in building their family through adoption or through a customary or kinship care arrangement. In particular, adopted children need time and support to build an attachment relationship with their new parents or caregivers. Attachment benefits should be delivered in parallel to maternity benefits, which would recognize the unique challenges our families face, just as maternity benefits do for families formed through birth.

These organizations have been engaged with policy makers and stakeholders across party lines, urging the swift implementation of a new attachment benefits program in Budget 2020. Policy makers have indicated that a determining factor in this decision is a demonstration of a strong show of support from across Canada, representing multiple sectors and communities. A strong show of support would be a determining factor in whether the new attachment benefits program becomes part of this fiscal budget, and a reality for families.

If you feel like this is a campaign that you would like to support, the movement could use your help. Adopt4Life and the Adoption Council of Canada is planning to send the letter provided in the links below to Minister Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with her office, demonstrating the extensive support for #TimeToAttach. They are asking for support from individuals who may be affected by this and would like to add their voice to the campaign. Families can do this by engaging with the available social content, offering letters of support, participating in research, sharing their own parenting stories, etc.

If you would like to add your name to the letter being sent to Minister Qualtrough, please send a short email to julie@adopt4life.com confirming she can include your family name in the final version of the attached letter. Please feel free to spread the word of this campaign to your contacts, and/or on social media platforms, etc.

Julie (Adopt4Life) is happy to answer any questions that you may have on this campaign, so please feel free to email her if you require additional information. Additional information and current updates on #TimeToAttach, can also be found HERE.

#TimeToAttach – letter in English | #DuTempsPourSAttacher – lettre en français

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