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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

Monthly News Updates

Happy New Year!

Last fall we did away with our monthly newsletter email blast and are instead making each monthly update available online only. To further streamline our communications, we’ve combined our Month-at-a-Glance and Newsletter Archive sections and both can now be found in the same spot: Monthly News Updates (in the member’s section.)

As always, if you do not remember your login details or encounter difficulties accessing the Members section, please contact our Office Coordinator at admin@childrensbridge.com or (613) 226-2112 ext. 0.

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Dear families,

Please be advised that The Children’s Bridge has decided to discontinue the monthly newsletter email blast in order to streamline our membership administration. Moving forward, you will be able to download each month’s newsletter, with the exception of summer months, on our website in the Members Area on the Month at-a-Glance page.

If you do not remember or encounter difficulties in logging into the Members page on our website, please contact our Office Coordinator at admin@childrensbridge.com or (613) 226-2112 ext. 0.

The October edition of This Month at-a-Glance will be published soon. Thank you for your patience!

The Children’s Bridge Team

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