#TimeToAttach in the News

Take a look at the various news articles, videos, and interviews on our research project below!


“Liberals pledge to boost Canada Child Benefit, extend leave for adoptive parents”

CBC news

“The proposed new 15-week leave for adoptive parents would give them the same benefits as those who have a baby through natural birth. That would mean an extra $7,000 in help for the average family claiming the new adoptive leave, according to the Liberal Party documents.” [READ HERE]

“Time to Attach: New study supports attachment leave”

Focus on Adoption

PhD students Leona Bruijns and Nicole Fice wrote an article on Time to Attach that appeared in BC Adoption’s magazine, Focus on Adoption [READ HERE]

“Western researchers say adoptive parents and children would be better served with a new parental benefit system”

CBC London Morning

Listen to Prof. Carolyn McLeod discuss our research on CBC London Morning [LISTEN HERE]

Prof. Carolyn McLeod live on the Evan Solomon Show, 23:02


“Parents who adopt get less paid leave than biological parents. That’s unfair, new report says“

Toronto Star

Kathryn Connors and John Amy lost four pregnancies to miscarriage. After the last resulted in massive internal bleeding and near-fatal cardiac arrest, the couple’s doctor advised them to stop trying because he couldn’t guarantee Connors would survive.

“That’s when John said we need to rethink how we’re going to be parents,” Connors said.

They started researching adoption. Six years ago, when the couple welcomed two sibling toddlers with a complex range of special needs into their “forever home” in Brampton, they had no idea federal legislation worked against them.

“Because we adopted two toddlers at the same time, I thought the government would recognize the challenges and provide support,” Connors said. “We were shocked to learn that not only do we not get extra help, we get less help than a biological parent.” [READ MORE]

“Adoptive parents need more 'time to attach': Western University study“

CBC London


A new report is calling on the federal government to extend benefits for adoptive parents. Employment insurance [EI] benefits should, at the very least, equal those for maternity leave, the study's author argues. 

"The study is about ensuring that children who join a family after having lived in care have what we call 'a sufficient time to attach'," said Carolyn McLeod, professor in Philosophy and Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. 

That means getting to a point where a child feels comfortable turning to their new parent when they need help, she said… [READ MORE]

Prof. Carolyn McLeod Interviews with London Live, CTV News, on Time to Attach Report

“Parental benefits system shortchanges adoptive parents, hurts kids: Western University study“

London Free Press


Canada’s parental benefits system isn’t meeting the needs of adoptive parents and doesn’t give children enough time to settle in, a new Western University report says.

Western researchers say children and parents need more time build attachment to each other than Canada’s employment insurance (EI) parental benefits system allows.

Report authors said Canada’s child welfare system is in “a state of crisis,” where too many children and youth are entering the system and too few are leaving to join permanent homes. The government benefits system fails to recognize the “unique challenges” that can come with adoption and treat adoptive parents differently than biological ones, the report said… [READ MORE]

“Adoptive parents want to earn their kids’ trust. But they need more time.“

MacLean’s Magazine


On July 19, 2018, Katie and Mark met the daughter they hoped to adopt. Franny was standing just beyond the front door of her foster family’s home, dressed in her ballet recital outfit and eager to meet her new parents. They had lunch, chatted and played with Franny a little bit. “We were meeting our child for the first time, and we were trying really hard not to cry because we didn’t want to freak her out,” says Katie.

Franny was initially shy, but over the afternoon she started to warm to Katie and Mark (the names of the parents and children in this story have been changed for privacy reasons). As they were leaving, Franny ran up and gave them both hugs and said, “I’ve waited for you guys for a long time.” On Aug. 11, after almost daily visits, Katie and Mark brought Franny home for good. And it was only then that they realized how much work it would take to become a family.

Already six when they met, Franny had a well-developed personality. During those first weeks, she maintained the guarded politesse of a temporary house guest, eating anything Katie put in front of her and seemingly reluctant to test any boundaries. “We cared for her and we were in love with her, but we hadn’t bonded as parents yet,” says Katie. “We had to get to know her.”… [READ MORE]

“N.S. mom pushes for longer leave to give adopted kids 'best possible chance'“

CBC Nova Scotia

A Wolfville, N.S., mother is asking the federal government for more time to spend with her adopted children during those first crucial months with the family.

Laura Eggertson is joining parents from across the country who are advocating for better parental leave benefits.

"The reason that we're asking for this additional time is not even so much for the parents as it is for the children," she told CBC Radio's Information Morning. 

"Their ability to thrive and succeed will do much better if they have the additional time to bond with their new families."

Right now, adoptive parents are eligible for the same amount of leave — 35 weeks — as biological parents. But unlike biological parents, they don't have the additional benefit that's given to women who are recovering from pregnancy and childbirth… [READ MORE]

“Adoptive parents seek longer leave”

Western News

Western researchers are leading a national push for 15 more weeks of work leave for adoptive parents as an important way to strengthen the bond between parents and their adopted children.

Biological and adoptive parents currently receive parental leave of up to 35 weeks; biological mothers receive an additional 15 weeks of maternity leave.

“There are unique challenges that come with adoption, and there are unique challenges that come with biological parenting too, and we think the 15-week maternity leave responds to that,” said Philosophy and Women’s Studies & Feminist Research professor Carolyn McLeod… [READ MORE]


“A call for 15 more weeks of parental leave for adoptive parents”

London Morning

Listen to Prof. Carolyn McLeod, lead researcher of the Time to Attach team, discuss our research and our recent trip to Ottawa on London Morning with CBC London. [LISTEN HERE]


“Adoptive parents need more time off to bond with kids, say Western researchers”

CBC London

A group of Western University researchers and community partners are asking Canadian politicians to grant adoptive parents and caregivers more time to bond with their children during the early stages of adoption.

The London, Ont.-based research team and Adopt4Life: Ontario's Adoptive Parents Association officials were in Ottawa last month to request an additional 15-week "attachment" leave to be part of a new class of employment insurance benefits for adoptive parents and customary and kin caregivers. They met with members of parliament and policy advisors… [READ MORE]

Karen Vecchio’s Statement in the House of Commons


“Western team advocates for attachment leave for adoptive parents”

Western Gazette

A team of Western University researchers in partnership with Adopt4Life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association is advocating for a new class of employment insurance benefits for adoptive parents, and customary and kin caregivers.

Last week, several representatives of the team visited Parliament Hill in Ottawa to meet with a number of Members of Parliament and policy advisors to argue for the addition of a 15-week ‘attachment leave’ for adoptive parents… [READ MORE]