Adoptions Awareness Month - Nov. 1, 2012

November 1, 2012
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

 Mr. Speaker, November is National Adoptions Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to recognize families in the Northwest Territories who provide a remarkable service to children.  

Mr. Speaker, I am proud that the NWT has been a world leader in recognizing aboriginal customs and culture when children need a family. Our legislation recognizes that our people take care of our children within their families, extended families and the community.

Mr. Speaker, adopting a child is a very rewarding experience for families, but most importantly, it brings joy and stability to the child.  It brings life and fulfillment into people’s lives.

We have many options for residents who wish to adopt. We offer the options of permanent care adoptions, private adoptions and international adoptions. We do whatever we can to find a family for every child.

These options all provide an opportunity for children to stay connected to their extended families, home communities and culture.  In all adoption cases, we make every effort to keep children in their own cultures and environment.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the many adoptive families we have throughout the NWT for providing the necessary supports for children who need a home.

For anyone considering adoption, I urge you to contact your local Health and Social Services office for more information. There are children of all ages in need of a family.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.