1,000 families for B.C. children and teens
VICTORIA: During Adoption Awareness Month in November, the Province is launching a new social media campaign to encourage British Columbians to consider adopting one of the more than 1,000 children and teens who are currently waiting for a forever family.
Of those young people in B.C. who are waiting for adoption, many are school-age or teens and may even be part of a sibling group that needs to stay together. Some may have special placement needs due to difficult early childhood experiences, prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs, learning delays or other developmental challenges. Most importantly, each child would benefit from a permanent adoptive family.
Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development said, “This campaign recognizes that every child deserves a permanent home. Whatever needs a child or youth in care may have – and whatever age they are – I’m confident there is a perfect family somewhere in British Columbia who will love and support them.”
By raising the profile of ministry adoptions in B.C., the campaign is intended to recruit up to 1,000 adoptive parents, but also seeks to dispel common myths about adoption and promote unique and diverse adoptive families through online advertising, tweets and Facebook posts.
The campaign also features a fun “build-a-family” app that mimics the popular stick figures often found on the back windows of family vehicles. To view the campaign, visit www.1000familiesbc.com where you will also find profiles of adoptive families and campaign videos.
The ministry worked in partnership with the Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) and B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) to design the campaign. A broader campaign is planned for 2015-16 in direct response to a recommendation in the RCY report, Finding Forever Families.
To find out more about adoption in B.C., call 1 877 ADOPT-07.