Canada Adoption

Should Couples Be Allowed to Crowdfund Their Adoption?

Heather Magee | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Magee

While crowdfunding sites were created to give the underdog a chance and essentially foster free enterprise where start-ups are concerned, it never occurred to me to use these platforms as an opportunity to raise funds for personal pursuits. Especially something as personal as adopting a baby. But does that make it wrong, unethical or crass, even? What do you think? If you had a friend or family member crowdfunding an adoption, would you contribute?

How Adopted Children Get 'Lost', Given Away In Canada

CBC | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Living

A child advocate says that "children get lost quite frequently in Canada" following international adoptions because of lax rules around tr...

How I Deal With the Comments People Make About My Adopted, Special-Needs Child

The Purple Fig | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Sometimes people feel the need to come up to me and tell me how smart she is, as though that was ever in question. My daughter can recognize words on a 12th grade level so yes, she is smart -- but she can't tell when her shirt or pants are on backwards and that the tag almost always goes in the back.

I Remember the Day I Met My Parents

Steve Marchand | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Steve Marchand

I remember the exact day I met my parents. Not many people can say that. It was on my 10th birthday. February 23, 1979, to be precise. Danielle, the Social Worker in charge of my case since I had become an orphan four years earlier, drove me to a restaurant where she introduced me to a nice young couple. Today however, after a long and intense look into my past, the scene that took place some 35 years ago is a comforting memory not only because it coincides with the real beginning of my life, but because it also serves as a reminder of all that had to happen in the years before that meeting.

How to Get a Dog Without Really Getting One

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Lucy Leiderman

If you feel you are ready one day to welcome muddy paws onto your furniture (I say that lovingly), please adopt. This story about a dog that survived Euthanasia recently should have done wonders for educating people about how quickly a dog will be killed after being surrendered by their owner, simply because nobody wants it (two weeks!).

Why We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive Parents

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Previous reports stated that Maxim had a positive relationship with Massimo Maravalle and his wife Patrizia but questions are now being raised about what signs may have been missed. Other witnesses have reported that the suspect had been seen shaking Maxim a few days before his death although it is still unknown whether psychiatric problems contributed to his actions.

I Could Never Have Imagined 32-Year-Old Me Adopting Two Adolescent Girls

World Vision | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
World Vision

Very shortly after finding out I was approved to adopt, my adoption worker came to my home to tell me about two amazing adolescent sisters: Charity and Emily. I sat at my kitchen table for the rest of the night, staring straight ahead like a deer in the headlights, thinking about everything the worker had asked me to consider.

How Being Adopted Affected My Medical History

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I was born in North Bay, Ontario, in 1968 as Dorothée Labrosse. I was placed for adoption immediately upon my birth, and two months later, was blessed with a wonderful life with my adoptive parents. Since recently being diagnosed with mental illnesses, a synopsis of my birth family's health could help in the treatment of my illnesses and potentially those of my children.

Couple Can't Bring Adopted Son To Canada

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Alberta

Waheeda Afridi was proud when she became a Canadian citizen nearly a decade ago, but now feels only anger and frustration over a bureaucracy that she ...

Adopt-a-HuffPet: These Stray Pooches Need a Home

M. Michelle Nadon | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada
M. Michelle Nadon

T.J. is a senior Chow Chow with a b-u-tiful cream coat who was brought in as a stray to a shelter in British Columbia. His owner never claimed him. Katie was found as a stray so we have no history on her. Although a senior, don't let her age fool you. She has lots of spunk, and a sharp brain.

Giving Birth to a Child Doesn't Make You a Parent

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 10.13.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

I did not give birth to Allie. I'm her foster mother, but I have no rights to make key decisions for this child in my care. Allie's "real" mother has never been with her daughter for more than two hours at a time. "Mom" has never taken Allie to the park, given her a bath, or put her to bed.

We Give People More Than a Roof Over Their Heads

Habitat for Humanity Canada | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Impact
Habitat for Humanity Canada

Before Lindsay Metzger's mother qualified for the family's Habitat house, that was not the path her life was on. The family of four moved around a lot, from rental to rental, most of them not very nice. Habitat doesn't just build houses. It builds better futures for the people who live in them.

When Sperm Donors Suddenly Want to Be Dads

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Living
Andrew Feldstein

Rene deBlois agreed that he would just be a sperm donor for his friend and her same-sex partner, and that he would not play any kind of role in the child's life. Now deBlois says he was coerced into the latter part of this arrangement and that he believes he should be recognized as the child's father. On the surface, this may seem logical, but in reality, this is a case about the rights of the child.

The 99% Are the Truly Rich

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The 99 per cent built a nation, raised successful families against increasing economic odds, built remarkably successful businesses, sacrificed for their communities and cared for their world. Only a blind ideologue could overlook such important contributions.