Employment insurance and adoption

Focus on Adoption magazine

Under current Employment Insurance legislation, women who give birth are entitled to 15 weeks of maternity leave and 35 weeks of parental leave. Adoptive parents only qualify for parental leave. So far, the Canadian government has chosen to ignore protests from the adoption community that this discriminates against adoptive families.

Adoption language for journalists

Focus on Adoption magazine

We encourage you to develop a few simple style guidelines that would foster more accurate, objective, and respectful coverage of adoptive families in the media.

Adoption is a one-time legal event in a person's life, not a lifelong status or personal trait. The fact that a person was (not is) adopted should be mentioned only if it is essential to the story, on the same basis as mentioning a person's race. If relevant, it must be clear in the context of the story.


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