Legally Kidnapped

Shattering Your Child Welfare Delusions Since 2007

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Praiseworthy step will help families

Praiseworthy step will help families

Note: Not real families.

I remember the phone call vividly, even years later. It came from a woman who had adopted a girl with fetal alcohol syndrome. Her teenage daughter had all kinds of serious behaviourial problems.

Since she was no longer a foster child, but the woman's legal responsibility, the province would give the adoptive mother little or no help to deal with the girl's needs.

A few months later came another phone call, this time from a woman who longed to adopt a child with a serious medical condition whom she'd been fostering. She couldn't go through with the adoption, she told me, because she couldn't risk losing all the financial and practical supports she received as a foster parent.

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