I received this in my inbox this morning and thought that it was very informative and interesting information, and that it should be shared, for many reasons. I am certainly by no means "an adoption professional". I have been part of the adoption world for 7 years now, and do have some pretty clear ideas about how different things work though. I do have a pretty good understanding of how adoption works here in Ontario, no matter what path you choice - IA, CAS, or private. For those who are curious, we ARE an approved foster home, and we HAVE attempted to adopt a waiting child from CAS care.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, or to post your comments. Here is a section of the article that I received today;
Social Justice Reporter
Nov. 3, 2010
"Right now only 8 per cent of the more than 8,300 Crown wards in Ontario have
social workers actively looking for families to adopt them, says the
Adoption Council of Ontario, which is calling for an overhaul of the
province's adoption bureaucracy.
Meantime, there are more than 1,000 families waiting to adopt children in
the public system and another 1,500 families waiting for home studies to
determine if they are eligible to adopt.
"The public adoption system in Ontario is broken and needs immediate
attention," said Pat Convery, executive director of the council which
provides support, education and advocacy on the issue."
You can read the whole story here.