Vince and Eric’s journey to adoption was long. But when they finally met their son, Jamestin, for the first time, they knew their family was complete. This is their adoption story.
Ministry of Children and Family Development
In Canada, biological parents are entitled to a longer parental leave than adoptive parents, kin caregivers, and customary caregivers. But research shows adopted children need more time to attach. Time to Attach is a research and advocacy campaign lobbying for 15 more weeks of attachment leave for families formed through adoption, kinship, or customary care arrangements. In this article, two researchers explain the basis for the campaign and how we can bring about change together.
Anne Tower joined AFABC in September as our new Executive Director. In this interview, Anne shares her special connection to adoption and her goals and dreams for AFABC’s future.
What’s your connection to adoption?
I actually am adopted. I was adopted as a child and my little sister is adopted, so my family wouldn’t exist but for adoption. And there are actually many, many more adoptions in my extended family. So you could almost say that adoption is a bit of a family tradition for us.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)’s new online adoption portal, Adopt BC Kids, has been up and running for over a year now. We reached out to our community to find out what the process is like for prospective parents. In this article, a prospective adoptive mother shares her experience with the new system.
One evening in April
I’m not sure exactly when my husband and I decided to start our family through adoption. We both always wanted a blended family of biological and adopted children. This past spring just felt like the right time.
Last year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development transitioned to an online adoption application process called Adopt BC Kids. To access the new system, prospective adoptive parents must sign up for a special type of identification called a BC Electronic ID (BCeID). A BCeID provides secure access to online government services like Adopt BC Kids. Here’s what you need to do to get one.
Katrine Conroy is BC's new Minister for Children and Family Development. Get to know her, and the new provincial government's vision for kids and families, in this Q&A.
Our friends at the BC Federation of Foster Parent Associations (BCFFPA) are celebrating a big anniversary in 2017. They've been serving the foster parents of BC for 50 years! In this interview, executive director Jayne Wilson tells us more about BCFFPA's work, and why foster care and adoption should go hand in hand.
Four long-time staff members—Karen Madeiros, Dianna Mortensen, Anne Melcombe, and Jen Hillman—reflect on their years at AFABC.
A growing number of grandparents in BC are living with and raising their grandchildren. in this story, a grandmother shares her very personal experience with becoming the legal guardian of her daughter's child. To protect the privacy of her daughter and grandchild, names have been redacted.
Stuck in the system
I remember getting the call from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) like it was yesterday. It was Friday, December 30, 2016, at 9 am. A clear, cool day.
Guardianship is a court process based on the Family Law Act that offers a way for anyone to create permanency for a child by becoming their guardian. This article explores its many similarities to adoption, and its key differences.
What is guardianship?
Becoming a guardian means that you are responsible for all the decisions, care, supervision, and day-to-day decisions for a child. When parents are absent or unable to raise their children, other parents, family members, or grandparents often step in to help.