Is it acceptable that Canada has a lower rate of domestic adoptions than comparable countries?
Finding permanent family-like care for children who cannot stay with their birth families should be a top priority. All children deserve to grow up with the love and support of a permanent family, whether a birth or adoptive family.
Canada has a high rate of international adoption, indicating there are families willing to adopt children.
Countries that have a national adoption strategy with permanency as a high priority have a better rate of finding homes for children than the fragmented systems in Canada.
This can be fixed in Canada. Children who cannot stay with their birth families deserve better. Everyone benefits from good solutions for children in need.
For more analysis see last chapter in this section of CCRC report: Enabling Children’s Full Development; Assurer le plein développement des enfants