Currently the Federal government allows less time, under the employment insurance (EI) benefits program, to families adopting children than to families bearing children through traditional, biological means. Adoptive families currently receive 15 weeks less than biological parents: the government sites "the time the biological mother needs to recuperate from pregnancy and childbirth" as the reason for this disparity. However, much research has shown that all adoptive families have numerous "issues and concerns related to adoption" that necessitate an equal, if not increased, period of familial adjustment. THIS PETITION is asking the Federal government to provide an additional 15 weeks of EI benefits to one or other of the parents of adoptive children in recognition of issues specifically related to adoption.
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NOTE: this is now an ongoing petition, there is NO closing date.
Sincerely, Lisa Zoppi, Adoptive Parent and MSW candidate, University of Toronto.
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More Information about this Petition
The disparity in Employment Insurance Benefits is a social justice issue for:
-adoptive parents and their children
-Child Welfare Agencies and Advocates
-All Canadian citizens who believe that both biological and adoptive children deserve the best possible start to life!
Issues related to Adoptive Families:
(1) bonding and attachment issues of adoptive children,(2) health issues, physical and psychological, (3) high incidence of special needs, (4) post-adoption depression, (5) complexities in breastfeeding adoptive babies, (6) establishing relationships with birth families, (7) travel for international adoption, (8) adapting to cross-cultural and transracial adoption
Your participation in this petition is completely voluntary. By signing this petition you acknowledge that your information will be submitted to the Federal government of Canada. The information collected from this petition may be used anonymously for research purposes; however identifying information will not be used.