#TimeToAttach in the News

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


“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 Dr. 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]