An update about the campaign to

Stolen Children

Update #1 ·

Countdown Clock Ticks Away: What this Means

A friend asked me to explain the time frame reference embodied by the image of the clock that ticks away against us. The best that I have been able to do in this regard is from personal experience and research. I would be happy to have more examples from others.

Children, once apprehended, and now in the system, the Province limits the time the children are in care before they apply for full crown wardship, in some Provinces that can be as short as 12 months, so that they can then adopt them out. They create procedural delays, putting demands and requirements on parents to take part in programs and access services that all have wait times. wait lists, varying start times etc. this all eats up time on that countdown clock they have.

This doesn't include what they do in court to eat up even more time with regards to requests to the judge on a whole host of procedural delays, items that serve the same purpose, to eat away at the clock. Each case is individual. But in the case of First Nations Children some provinces, at the direction of the Provincial Ministers responsible, the Feds and or the major funders, have created programs that expedites full crown wardship, specifically for Aboriginal Children, so that they can then be adopted out. Statistically this makes perfect sense regarding the numbers, since nearly half of all children in foster care are First Nations Children.

And an in general statistic to keep in mind is that the demand for adoptable children and infants in this country outweighs the supply .

You can also read the Globe and Mail article on the very first page of my blog about the reference to the time-up clock at work that Madam Justice Ruth Mesbur of Ontario Superior Court alluded to in her ruling in a specific case.

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