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Tax matters: how to claim the adoption tax credit

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Focus on Adoption Magazine

It’s everyone’s favourite time of year again: tax time! This year a reader asked us for help understanding how to claim Canada’s adoption tax credit. In this article, adoptive dad and financial professional John Hakkarainen returns for the third year in a row—this time, to explain the nuts and bolts of line 313.

What is the adoption tax credit and why it is important?

My children often tell me that my jokes are taxing! I am hoping that the guide below helps you to reduce your tax liability so that you have more money to spend on cheese.

Time to Attach: New study supports attachment leave

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Focus on Adoption Magazine

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.

Hope & healing

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Focus on Adoption magazine

When Ellen and her husband adopted a child from foster care, they were blindsided by the challenges. Now, Ellen is the happy mother of a successful adult daughter. She hopes her story encourages other parents to hold on to hope.

Raising Lucan

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Focus on Adoption magazine

Karon first wrote about her adoption journey in the article “Finding Lucan,” which appeared in the spring 2014 issue of Focus on Adoption. In this article, she shares an update on their life as a family.

This year, when many families celebrated Father’s Day, my son and I enjoyed a very special celebration: eight years as a forever family. June 17 marked the 8th anniversary of the day that I was granted custody of my baby boy in a courthouse in beautiful Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sweet solutions for hard behaviours

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Focus on Adoption magazine

Being a parent is never easy. Add in the complexities of adoption, trauma, and special needs, and you’re likely to discover that tactics like time outs and star charts are useless at best. What does that leave you with? Amanda Preston’s surprising suggestions may be just the tricks you need.

Rethinking bad behaviour

You’re standing in your kitchen washing dishes when suddenly your 10-year-old child walks in. He asks if he can have an ice cream sandwich. Dinner is in 5 minutes so you calmly let him know not right now, but after dinner.

Grandmother to guardian

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Focus on Adoption magazine

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 MCFD like it was yesterday. It was Friday, December 30, 2016 at 9 am. A clear, cool day.

What is guardianship? A different option for permanency

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Focus on Adoption magazine

Guardianship is a court process based on the Family Law Act that offers a way for anyone to create permanency for  child by becoming their guardian. This aricle explores its many similarities to adoption, and its key differences.

What is guardianship?

Becoming a guardian means that you are responsible for the all 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.

Not perfect, just present Everyday trauma-informed parenting

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Focus on Adoption magazine

In our summer issue, we explored how difficult but important it is to share our not-so-perfect moments. In this piece, Caroline shares one of hers. We hope it encourages you.

“Mom, when did Mamoo see me for the first time?” My child asked this question completely out of the blue. (By the way, Mamoo is my mom.)

I turned to my child and explained that Mamoo came the very next day after my child arrived at our home.

“Did she hold me like this? How did I act to her? Show me how I was held.”

How to apply for a BCeID: Your ticket to the Adopt BC Kids process

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Focus on Adoption magazine

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.

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