McMillan hosts Ministry of Children and Youth Services Special Announcement on adoption 

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October 14, 2015

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On September 29, McMillan's Toronto office hosted a special announcement from Minister Tracy MacCharles of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. In Minister MacCharles announcement, she announced the Ontario government is funding up to 15 targeted adoption recruiters under Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK) - a successful adoption program run through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada. In addition, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada is also funding four additional Ontario adoption recruiters.

The opportunity to host this event came as a result of Bruce McKenna's role with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption – Canada, serving as a director and secretary. With the assistance of Dwight Duncan, he had initiated the communications between the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption – Canada that led to this announcement.

The morning announcement featured remarks by Bruce, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's President and CEO Rita Soronen and Adopt4Life Executive Director and Founder Julie Despaties. As well, Minister Glen Murray (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change) gave a touching personal account of coming to terms with his own adoption and later becoming a foster dad. The event that day received news coverage on Global News and CBC.

Representatives of the firm included: Andy Kent, Nisha Rider, Bob Glass, Christopher Garrah and Eric Friedman.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - Canada are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to finding adoptive homes for children waiting in North America's foster care system, and has found success using WWK's recruiters in a child-focused recruitment program that targets moving children, who have been waiting the longest in foster care (due to age, siblings, disability, etc.), into adoptive families.

For the complete details of the announcement and an outline of changes to Ontario's adoption system, visit the Ministry of Children and Youth Services website here.