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Russia’s new adoption rules will affect singles in BC looking to adopt

Recent changes to Russian adoption rules have shut a large door for single people in BC who want to adopt.

Fiona Trotter, with Choices Adoption in Victoria, says with Russia no longer allowing single people to adopt, there are far fewer options available to them beyond our borders.

But she says maybe it will open doors here at home.

“I hope it means they look to kids in BC. But if they are looking for an international adoption, it is a lot more challenging to find a program that is accepting of a single parent, so it is really frustrating.”

Trotter says the last three single parent adoptions from Russia arrive back in BC just before the changes came into effect.

There are 1400 children in BC waiting to be adopted right now, but on average only a few hundred are adopted each year.

To access the news article on (CKNW AM) AM980 , please visit http://www.cknw.com/2013/07/31/russias-new-adoption-rules/

Posted: August 2nd, 2013


Dave Thomas Foundation Report - Foster care adoption attitudes research

The Dave Thomas Foundation is a non-profit organization that works at the forefront of the North American adoption community and works for “every child to have a permanent home and loving family”.

“The 2013 National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey was commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to better understand Americans’ attitudes about adoption. The Foundation partnered with Harris Interactive to survey more than 1,400 American adults online. Similar surveys were conducted in 2007 and 2002.” (Retrieved from www.davethomasfoundation.org)

To access the full report and other interesting resources, please visit http://www.davethomasfoundation.org/about-foster-care-adoption/research/read-the-research/

Posted: July 18th, 2013


Connecting With Your Adopted Teen - Webinars

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E) is offering a number of webinars as part of an interesting series, which includes “In Demand” webinars covering several topics.

As described by C.A.S.E., “The first webinar in our series features C.A.S.E. CEO Debbie Riley, award-winning expert on adolescent mental health and co-author of Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens. Please watch the video below to learn how this webinar can help your adopted teen.” (Retrieved from www.adoptionsupport.org)

Click here to watch a video about available webinars focusing on teen adoption!

Posted: July 18th, 2013


HIV and AIDS Adoptions

The United Nations reports there are 14 million AIDS orphans worldwide. With the advancement of antiretroviral medications the disease can now be well-managed and the children can lead largely normal lives. The following video shares the experience of two families who have adopted HIV and AIDS children, and the misconceptions surrounding the disease:

http://www.facinglife.tv/episode/season_3/episode_7/episode_307.html (click on the "Watch the full episode online" link near the top).

Posted: July 18th, 2013


Staff Update

After years of dedicated work for CHOICES, Holly Allen has decided to pursue other goals and dreams, but will continue to work in adoption in Calgary.

Holly will be transitioning all her families to another CHOICES social worker, who will be in touch to introduce herself soon. We thank everyone for their patience during this transition time.

Thank you Holly for everything you have done for CHOICES and for children and families! We are all very sad to see you go, but of course we wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Posted: June 14th, 2013


Youth Mental Health and Children in Foster Care

The office of the Representative for Children & Youth has recently released reports on mental health services for youth and plans of care for children and youth in foster care. Check out the reports here: http://www.rcybc.ca/content/publications/reports.asp

Posted: April 19th, 2013


Child Well-Being in Rich Countries: A Comparative Overview

UNICEF has released a report on the well-being of children in 29 countries. Click here to find out how Canada rates

Posted: April 19th, 2013


US Department of State’s Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

Click here to check out adoption statistics from countries all around the world.

Posted: April 19th, 2013


Adoption Tax Credit Update

The Government of Canada recently announced some important positive changes in regards to the Adoption Tax Credit! The information was released by the Adoption Council of Canada. See the full story here: http://adoption.ca/adoption-news

For more information about adoption expenses , whether and how they can be claimed, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website

Posted: April 12th, 2013


230 children waiting for permanent families on Vancouver Island

Based on a recent story published by the Times Colonist, 1000 children in Ministry care are waiting for adoption in BC, 230 of which on Vancouver Island. Yet in spite of a growing trend for local adoptions, only 300 have found a home in the last five years.

Read the full story here: http://www.canada.com/Many+kids+still+waiting+homes/7985756/story.html

CHOICES believes every child deserves a permanent, loving family and a safe, nurturing home and community. For this reason, CHOICES continues to partner with the Ministry of Children & Family Development to find adoptive homes for children in care, both on Vancouver Island and around BC.

Please call CHOICES to find out more!

Posted: Feb 19th, 2013


Announcement from the Board of Directors of CHOICES Adoption

We are pleased to announce that Robin Pike, MA, has joined the CHOICES Adoption Team as Interim Executive Director. This appointment takes effect immediately.

Robin is a previous CHOICES board member and brings a lengthy career in child welfare practice, policy development and NGO management to the position. We are excited to have Robin's expertise and knowledge at CHOICES Adoption.

Robin is looking forward to meeting families involved in the adoption journey, or those considering adoption to complete their family.

Board of Directors

Posted: Nov 19th, 2012


CHOICES Thanks Victoria Foundation Lex Reynolds Permanency Trust Fund

CHOICES thanks the Victoria Foundation Lex Reynolds Permanency Trust Fund for extending their support of Today's Child in 2012. Today's Child has been successful in raising awareness of the needs of BC's children who are waiting in foster care for a permanent family. The program will be expanded to the lower mainland in 2012. We are continuing to seek corporate sponsorship to assist with the advertising and recruitment costs for Today's Child. Please contact CHOICES if you would like more information on Today's Child, or check the Sunday Weather page of the Times Colonist.

Shaw Cable recently featured a story on CHOICES Today's Child initiative.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2012


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