Helping More Kids Find Permanent Homes
McGuinty Government Helps Parents Build Families Through Adoption
Thousands more Ontario children and youth will soon be eligible for adoption and other supports thanks to legislation passed today.
The Building Families and Supporting Youth To Be Successful Act, 2011 removes barriers so that more kids in the care of children's aid societies (CASs) can be adopted. To help with the transition to adulthood, the Act also allows older youth whose care was terminated at ages 16 or 17 to return to their CASs and receive financial and other supports until the age of 21.
This legislation builds on additional steps the government is taking to help prospective parents and support more kids, including:
- Reducing the waitlist for adoption homestudies and establishing standard timelines
- Making it easier for youth to attend college or university by exempting CAS financial support from OSAP applications, meaning it would not count as income
- Making it easier to find information online about public, private and international adoptions
- Working with CASs to determine an approach to fiscally-neutral, targeted adoption subsidies
- Working with CASs and First Nations so Aboriginal children and youth in care remain connected to their communities and cultural traditions through more frequent use of customary care arrangements.
These changes are an important step in the government's efforts to strengthen Ontario's adoption system and help more children and youth get the very best foundation for success.
- Currently, 75 per cent of the 9,000 kids in the care of children's aid societies have court-ordered access. Before today, access orders would have prevented these children from being placed for adoption.
- Ontario is doubling the number of Adoption Resource Exchanges -- forums that match adoptive families with children needing adoption -- across Ontario.
- Last year, Ontario increased the number of adoptions by 21 per cent.
- Research shows that children and youth in permanent homes are more likely to graduate from high school, hold a job and contribute to their communities.
- The Building Families and Supporting Youth To Be Successful Act, 2011
- How to adopt a child in Ontario
- Adopt Ontario helps match children with prospective parents
- What experts are saying about changes in Ontario's adoption system
- Backgrounder: Giving More Kids A Place To Call Home
“This important legislation opens the door to a forever family for thousands of waiting kids across this province and helps more prospective adoptive parents to build the families they have always dreamed of.”
“The OACAS is pleased that Bill 179 was passed. This new Act will allow CASs to support a greater number of youth in their transition to adulthood and create permanent families for more children and youth. The province must be acknowledged for its leadership in improving outcomes for children and youth in Ontario.”