5 Tips To Optimize Your Online Adoption Profile

online-adoption-profileWhat’s the secret to creating a successful online adoption profile? What are the differences between an online adoption profile and a printed adoption profile?

Do online adoption profiles have certain unique characteristics that set them apart from other types of adoption profiles? And if so, how can you optimize yours so that a prospective birthmom notices it when she’s online?

These are just a few of the questions that hopeful parents ask when they’re creating an adoption outreach campaign for the web.

Before I get to the answers, we should look at how an online profile differs from a printed one. Continue reading

An Adoptee’s Plea: Let’s Get Canada’s Kids Out Of Care And Into Homes

This guest post is by Susan Russell from the Adoption Council of Canada’s Youth Speak Out Project.

children-youth-in-care-canadaI am a product of Canada’s child welfare system.

I was part of Manitoba’s 10,000 youth in care.

Today, I’m proud to say I am one of the 1% of children who are adopted annually.

Unlike other children and youth, I have the privilege to wonder “why me?” Why did total strangers want me to be a part of their family?

Why do I have a permanency plan? I’ll never have these answers, but I believe every child deserves a stable home and I feel extremely privileged to advocate for permanency planning.

Permanency means having a permanent, forever family. That forever family relationship can come from a biological family, a guardian or an adoptive family. Continue reading

12 Things We Get Wrong About Birthmothers

birthmother-mythsMany hopeful parents would love to adopt  a baby and build a family through open adoption.

But for some, there’s just one thing holding them back: birthmothers.

Just the mere mention of the word “birthmother” can can strike fear into the hearts of many a mother or adoptive-mother-to-be, conjuring up images of heartless teenagers who “give up” their babies to strangers. Continue reading

It’s Time To Make Canada’s Children And Youth In Care A Priority

Opening address by Laura Eggertson, President of the Adoption Council of Canada, at the ACC‘s Urgency Around Permanency Summit.

laura-eggertson-adoptionThank all of you for coming. I know we’re here today because we share the same goal.

We want a better future for the thousands of children and youth in government care across our country. A future that includes forever families for all of them.

The sad fact is, we don’t even now exactly how many children and youth are in the child welfare system across Canada. And we certainly don’t know how many of them are legally free to join a permanent family.

We think there are roughly 30,000 waiting children and youth. We know that the overwhelming majority of them will age out of the child welfare system without a permanent, legal connection to at least one caring, committed adult.

That’s our definition of permanency. Aging out, on the other hand, is what another colleague of mine calls a ticket to homelessness. Continue reading

“We Are Failing Our Children”: The Governor General On Fixing Canada’s Adoption Crisis

The keynote speech by The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston at the Adoption Council of Canada‘s Urgency Around Permanency Summit.

governor-general-canada-adoptionThank you for inviting me to speak to you about adoption in Canada. This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart.

As you may know, two of my grandchildren were adopted, and we could not imagine our family without their happy, smiling faces!

I am pleased to see so many experts in the field here with us today. I am also delighted to see so many young people here, who are participants in the Youth Speak Out program and who have experienced the child welfare system first-hand.

You are well aware of the challenges adoption is facing and so I believe that I can be direct with you.

We are failing our children. Continue reading