Victoria, B.C., Nov. 24, 2011 – B.C.’s Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund has awarded a total of $31,000 for two projects to support adoption in B.C.
The Adoptive Families Association of B.C. will receive $20,000 to create an online education resource centre for adoptive parents and those considering adoption while the Northwest Inter-Nation Family and Community Services Society, based in Terrace, will receive $11,000 for a custom adoptions project to support culturally-grounded adoption and permanency arrangements.
“The online resource centre will improve access to information and support across the province – both to people in remote and rural areas and to those who want to preserve their privacy as they take their first step on the path to adoption,” said Geord Holland, co-chair of the trust fund. “The custom adoptions project will gather valuable research that will support culturally-grounded adoptions in all of B.C.’s Aboriginal communities.”
The independent trust fund was established in 2003 by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help British Columbia’s children and youth who are awaiting adoption or other permanent connections. The trust fund is managed by the Victoria Foundation. In 2009 it was re-named after Lex Reynolds to honor the late lawyer and children’s advocate – and adoptive father – who was the fund’s founding co-chair.
The permanent endowment generates money to support organizations and individuals in finding and helping to maintain lifelong connections for B.C.’s children and youth.
“Every child deserves a loving family and a place to call home, and the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund has been instrumental in promoting the need for more adoptive families in British Columbia,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeil. “Funding these two projects will increase the knowledge of potential adoptive families and assist in keeping First Nations children connected to their heritage and tradition.”
As of August 31 of this year, the Ministry of Child and Family Development reported there were approximately 8,100 children and youth in care in B.C. Nearly 5,900 of them are placed with about 3,300 foster families across the province and more than 1,200 are waiting for a permanent family.
Since 2003 $766,000 has been awarded to 133 projects across the province. These include 17 mini-grants of $1,500 distributed earlier this year.
To make a donation or to learn more about the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund, visit www.connectingforlife.ca or contact the Victoria Foundation at 250 381-5532.
November is Adoption Awareness Month.
Custom adoption is a term that is recognized as meaning the cultural practices of Aboriginal peoples to raise a child, by a person who is not the child's parent, according to the custom of the First Nations and/or Aboriginal community of the child.
The Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund is administered by the Victoria Foundation under the guidance of a nine-person advisory committee appointed by the Adoption Council of Canada. Committee members promote the fund’s availability, evaluate applications and make granting recommendations.
The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development asked the Victoria Foundation to manage and distribute the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund because of the foundation’s proven granting experience, administrative capabilities and prudent financial investment policy.
The Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and its sixth largest. To date it has invested more than $100 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen the community. Read more about The Victoria Foundation’s vision and mandate.
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