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I was found in a ditch in Haiti, taken to hospital before I was adopted by a loving white Canadian couple.
People asked, would I be able to love a baby from another's womb to the same extent that I loved my own biological children?
Times have changed and, as a society, we have become more open to the diversity of how families are formed.
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Child welfare organizations could also send LGBT kids to conversion therapy.
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Infertility is a severe life challenge that absolutely flattens people. Look at it this way: procreating is an innate primal instinct, just like breathing air, drinking water and eating food. Imagine how frantic you get if you are denied access to oxygen, water or food?
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Thanks to the hard work of humane societies and SPCAs across Canada, we have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has just released our annual Animal Shelter Statistics Report, and it is full of great news for companion animals in Canada.
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In many ways it is a values question. What do we owe our parents? It was a question I posed to several friends and the answers come from their own words. Parenting is the one job that has no prerequisite and requires no experience. Yet, parents have an enduring effect on our entire lives.
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Canada doesn't track all surrogacy arrangements, so we don't know the answers. We should. We need greater regulation of surrogacy in Canada to better protect and promote the interests of women who act as surrogates, intended parents and resulting children.
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You see, our son is adopted and we know that regardless of whether he is biological to us or not, love does not recognize a difference. So, my husband and I knew that regardless of whether our second child was biological or not, we would love them just as a fiercely and intensely.
"I have adopted children and so this is sort of a love letter to them."
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"We're going to understand where we came."
It's unclear how long families will have to wait to find out whether the adoptions can go ahead.
You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.
Although birth photography has become a growing trend, one photographer decided to capture another equally momentous occasion – the moment adoptive parents met their newborn for the first time. “I ha...
Choosing to adopt is a big decision. It takes months of planning, prepping and waiting for the child’s arrival. But while the adoption process can be extremely exciting, it can also be incredibly over...
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In May 2014, Mary and Kaspars got a phone call that would forever change their lives. “Mary? Kaspars? Guess what? We have a referral of a child for you.” A four-year-old girl in China was waiting for...
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REGINA - Lori Campbell's most prized possession is a thick folder filled with paperwork."This is how I know who I am," she says. "This is how I know how much I weighed when I was born, what my smile w...
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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?
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A child advocate says that "children get lost quite frequently in Canada" following international adoptions because of lax rules around transferring custody from the adoptive parents to othe...
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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.
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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.
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SASKATOON - A Saskatoon couple has won an appeal and may soon be able to bring home their adopted son from Pakistan.Waheeda and Ashfaq Afridi have been trying to get their little boy named Ajjab to Ca...
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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!).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 says has abandoned her and her adopted son oversea...
I want to adopt our second child. But then, I got this question: "Why would you want to steal a baby from a family that can't have children?" It had never crossed my mind that we were in competition against infertile families. I believe that the private Canadian adoption system has lost sight of what is paramount to the process: the needs of the children who need forever families. There has been a clear shift away from this goal towards fulfilling the desires of parents who are unable to conceive.
This story has been updated from its original version. In light of the news that Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, many Canadians...
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.