Friday, March 23, 2007

Offical ACS statment

Here is the statement ACS has released:

Alberta recognizes the important role adoptive families play and their commitment to enrich their lives, along with their communities, through international adoptions.

International adoptions are changing on an ongoing basis. Increasingly, countries are introducing international adoption programs that encourage parents from other parts of the world to adopt children with very complex medical conditions. These types of adoption requests are relatively new to Alberta. It is important Alberta families have the information they need to make informed decisions when considering international adoptions of children with very complex medical conditions.

To ensure these types of requests are handled in a transparent and consistent manner, Alberta Children’s Services will work with key stakeholders and other Alberta government ministries to develop a policy that will guide the process of accepting international referrals. While this policy is under development, international applications will be accepted and processed, and referrals of children with very complex medical conditions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Children’s Services will consult with Alberta medical experts prior to making decisions related to these adoption requests. International adoption families are encouraged to work with Children’s Services’ staff during this time.

For families wishing to adopt a child from another country who does not have complex medical needs, it is business as usual, and these families will see no change.

The Alberta government invites Albertans to provide their input on this very important issue by emailing CS.communication@gov.ab.ca.
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Nice backpeddling there ACS...let's hope they learned their lesson and won't be promoting such assinine concepts in the future. It would be nice if they apologized to those families who were told their files were suspended, "oh it was just a misunderstanding"...but we won't hold our breath on that one.

2 comments:

mum said...

I know a couple of people who will be responding :) Who knows better than me about 'foot in mouth' disease... but at least my statements are not public.

Dan & Kelly said...

Funny how government agencies are great at back pedaling, but always end up throwing more crap out there? Let's hope that this does not continue to be an on going issue for Alberta families or any other Canadian families.