Time To Attach

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Support families formed by adoption, kinship, and customary care for the right to equal parental leave!

Time to Attach is national campaign to add 15 weeks of Attachment Leave Employment Insurance Benefits for adoptive parents, kinship and customary caregivers.

NEW! Sign and share the House of Commons e-petition!

Canada's parental benefit system allocates a longer paid leave to biological parents (50 weeks) than to adoptive parents, kinship, and customary caregivers (35 weeks). We are calling on the Canadian government for equality in parental leave benefits. AFABC has partnered with other adoption organizations across Canada to support this campaign. 

Now we need your help. 

Most children adopted in Canada are over the age of ten at the time of placement and many have a history of trauma or serious loss. Having their new parents or caregivers at home longer, in the critical first year, gives children and youth time to form attachments  and begin processing their grief and loss, and may help reduce placement breakdowns later.

By giving children and youth more Time to Attach, we can improve long-term outcomes. 

How you can help

Sign and share the House of Commons e-petition

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-4095

Call upon the Government of Canada to implement a 15-week additional attachment leave benefit under the Employment Insurance program to support healthy and secure attachment for families formed by adoption, kinship, and customary care. Sign the petition and share it with your friends!

Tell your story⁠—"My Reason Why"

Share your reason why 15 weeks of additional parental leave is critical for families formed by adoption, kinship, and customary care.

  • Record a video of yourself (1-2 minutes is best)
  • Record your voice ( 45-60 seconds is best)
  • Write a blog post (around 400 words)
  • Post videos on TikTok, Instagram and other platforms
  • Share your videos and audio clips with us so we can share them on AFABC's social medial channels too!
  • Be sure to use the hashtags #timetoattach #strongertogether #myreasonwhy

Visit the Time To Attach campaign site, maintained by our friends Adopt4Life Ontario, for shareable content and resources and to learn more about why kids and families NEED more Time To Attach.

Let’s unite our voices and hold the federal government to their election promise to support ALL families!

The Time To Attach campaign is led by Adopt4Life, the Adoption Council of Ontario, and Western University in partnership with Adoption Options, the Child and Youth Permanency Council of Ontario, the Evermore Centre, and the Adoptive Families Association of BC (that's us!).