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.
In order to help change that, Destiny Adoption Services is partnering with concerned people all over the country to petition the government to increase the amount of time allowed for adoptive parents. Please sign the petition here.