although Cara and I are not in the Waiting Child program this is an assinine move by the Alberta gov't. I received this email from one of the adoption email groups I am on. The names are removed, but the content is true. I urge anyone who reads this(whether you are in the Waiting Child program which would be effected by this ruling,or not) to politely, yet firmly, let this gov't office know this is just wrong. If it flies in Alberta, it will spread. These children, with EASILY treatable medical conditions(some which are even just cosmetic(birthmarks, to mild heart issues, to cleft palates which are ALL treatable so these chidlren can grow up healthy in society) are destined to stay in institutions if nonsense like this gets passed.
Dear Waiting Children Families,
We need your HELP!
The families of Waiting Children in Canada have just learned that a Canadian province, Alberta, has decided to HALT acceptance of all referrals for "medically fragile" children who are being adopted
internationally. In this category, they have included the referrals
for children from China's Waiting Child Program. Apart from the fact that, as we all know, the vast majority of WCP children are not "medically fragile", this action runs the risk of influencing other provinces to follow suit.
There is no doubt that the root of this action is Alberta Children's Services concern for our children's use of provincially- funded healthcare resources; a health care system which Albertan families pay for through their taxes!!!
This is clearly discrimination against our children and we are OUTRAGED!!! Please join us in expressing the fact that this action has been ill-considered and should be reversed!!!
The morevoices speaking out against this, the better.
Please tell the Minister for Alberta Children's Services about your
child or children. Emphasize how minor their medical needs are, or,
if they have more severe needs, stress how wonderful and capable
your kids are and what joy they have brought to your lives!
The ACS needs to know that our children are NOT burdens on society, and
that they are NOT creating excessive demands on health care services.
Let them know that you are disappointed that they would consider "waiting children" less deserving of an adoptive family simply because they have known medical needs.
Please take a few moments to send a signed letter to the
Minister of Alberta Children's Services, The Honourable Janis
#228 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
Minister Janis Tarchuk email:
& cc Alberta Children's Services at: