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Equal Employment Insurance Benefits for ALL Canadian Families

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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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Sincerely, Lisa Zoppi, Adoptive Parent and MSW candidate, University of Toronto.
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The disparity in Employment Insurance Benefits is a social justice issue for:
-adoptive parents and their children
-LGBTQ communities
-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.

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  • Katie Bowen
    Katie Bowen Canada
    Aug 25, 2015
    Aug 25, 2015
    It's not always as easy as bringing your adopted baby home from the hospital. Some families have to use part of their leave traveling to another province or country to bring baby home. Some have a very stressful 30 day wait, while others may have weeks or months dealing with medical needs and trying to form attachment to the child. Adoptive parents as well as adoptive children deserve equality!
  • Louise Desgroseilliers
    Louise Desgroseilliers Canada, Salmon Arm
    Jul 27, 2015
    Jul 27, 2015
    Bonding with a biological child or adopted child has the same psychological adjustment issues and should be assessed with equal EI benefits.
  • Sarah Lepore
    Sarah Lepore Canada, Sault Sainte Marie
    Jul 24, 2015
    Jul 24, 2015
    I am an adopted parent and I am on parental leave from work and going through my own adoption "issues". I am having a hard time accepting the fact that I was not able to get pregnant and the government clearly separates adopted parents from birth parents. I believe it's discrimination. We need the time to bond with the child!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul 23, 2015
    Jul 23, 2015
    Equality means equality.
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