Allow the CAFAC adoption agency to complete adoptions that are in progress
  • Petitioned The Hon. Jennifer Howard

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Family Services and Labour
The Hon. Jennifer Howard
Premier of Manitoba
Th Hon. Gregory Selinger
Assistant Deputy Minister
John Leggat

Allow the CAFAC adoption agency to complete adoptions that are in progress

    1. Peter Marrier
    2. Petition by

      Peter Marrier

      Winnipeg, Canada

Canadian Advocate for the Adoption of Children (CAFAC) is an inter-country adoption agency based in Manitoba. In the last 17 years they have placed more than 450 children with families in Canada, the largest number of those children being from Ethiopia.

While children wait to be matched to their adoptive parents, CAFAC houses them in their foster home in Addis Ababa, providing clothing, shelter, nutrition and medical care.

In the last few years, the time required to complete an inter-country adoption has grown significantly. As a result, children are remaining in the foster home for much longer periods of time, greatly increasing CAFAC's costs. Unfortunately, the fees that may be charged by an adoption agency are set by the Province of Manitoba. CAFAC has repeatedly asked to be allowed to increase fees to cover their rising costs. These requests have been consistently denied by the Ministry of Family Services. While the government did approve a fee increase in 2010, they did not allowed that increase to be applied retroactively to existing files, and the maximum fees are still thousands of dollars lower than those in other provinces. As a result, CAFAC is now in an untenable financial situation, and will cease operations on February 3 unless a solution can be found.

This is devastating for the dozens of families who are at various stages of the adoption process. Even worse is the potential fate of the children currently residing in the CAFAC foster home in Ethiopia. While CAFAC has made sure that the foster home will continue caring for the children until the end of February, it is unclear what will happen to them if CAFAC ceases operations.

We are calling on the Manitoba Ministry of Family Services and Labour to:
• allow CAFAC to charge fees commensurate with the current real world costs of completing the adoptions of these children
• allow CAFAC to obtain other sources of funding
• provide interim funding to, at the very least, secure the future of these children and their families.

Update:  CAFAC is continuing to operate pending the implementation of a restructuring plan, but this will still require a change to the regulatory structure imposed by the government in order to be successful. Now is a crucial time!  

Please share this petition with others, and please also take a moment to send an e-mail to the people who can make this happen.  We need to exert maximum pressure right now to ensure a successful outcome.

The Hon. Jennifer Howard, Minister of Family Services and Labour

minfsl@leg.gov.mb.ca

 

John Leggat, Assistant Deputy Minister of Family Services

john.leggat@gov.mb.ca

 

The Hon. Gregory Selinger, Premier of Manitoba

premier@leg.gov.mb.ca
 

Hugh McFadyen, Leader of the Official Opposition

hugh.mcfadyen@leg.gov.mb.ca

The Hon. Jon Gerrard, Leader of the Liberal Party of Manitoba

jon.gerrard@leg.gov.mb.ca

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      CAFAC has announced that with they will be able to complete all pending adoptions with the help of some incredibly generous volunteers. In addition, Manitoba Family Services will be holding public consultations on a new fee structure to allow CAFAC to continue to operate sustainably. Thank-you to everyone for helping to make this happen!

    2. Communication from CAFAC

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      In a communication to its clients today, CAFAC advised that they are continuing to operate while they work on a new restructuring plan. They said that they are "cautiously optimistic" about their ability to continue operations and complete our adoptions, but they are still need the government to provide a regulatory structure that reflects the realities of the work that they do. This is a crucial time. We need to apply the maximum pressure that we can now. Please keep those signatures coming, and please send e-mails to Minister Jennifer Howard ( minfsl@leg.gov.mb.ca) and Assistant Deputy Minister John Leggat (john.leggat@gov.mb.ca). Thanks for your continuing support!

    3. Is there a solution in sight?

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      Today we received messages from both the government and CAFAC today that even though the February 3 deadline has passed, the agency is continuing to operate and our adoption filees are continuing to move forward, pending the development of a restructuring plan. No further details are available yet. While this sounds hopeful, it is certainly not a guarantee that CAFAC will be able to continue to operate. We need to keep the pressure on until we have secure commitments from everyone involved.

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. Media coverage continues

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      TV spots have been shown on CTV and Global, and CBC radio has provided coverage. CITY TV is at our house filming right now. We are expecting interest from the print media this week.

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures
    7. Negotiations still ongoing

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      CAFAC has advised that they are continuing negotiations with the province, and will provide more information tomorrow.

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. And more media attention!

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      Global TV is in our living room filming an interview with Kim.

    10. More media attention!

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      I just completed an interview with CBC radio that will air later today. Let's keep this momentum going!

    11. Media attention from CTV!

      Peter Marrier
      Petition Organizer

      Kim and our daughter (pictured above) were on CTV Morning Live this morning discussing our adoption experience and the problems we are having now. We'll post a link to the video when it becomes available.

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Legere BATHURST, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      My brother and his wife adopted a beautiful baby girl from Ethiopiam Its great that they could do this.

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    • Nettie Reimer STEINBACH, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      My daughter and son in law are not able to have their own children and would like to use this agency to adopt a child of their own.

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    • Kara Mountney SHERWOOD PARK, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      We are in the process of adopting through CAFAC and have been for 3.5 years....

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    • yvon Dumont WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is a private adoption. Should be between the agency and the Party wishing to adopt. Other provinces allow for higher fees

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    • Betty Baerg ABBOTSFORD, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Family and friends have been affected by the incredibly long wait times as they wonder whether their children will ever arrive.

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