Tuesday, July 28, 2009

'An absolute heartbreak'

After the meeting with the families group, Matthews called the situation "an absolute heartbreak" for the affected families.

She said nine adoptions have been completed or are nearing completion since the bankruptcy notice was released, and she is in contact with federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to get visas for those children as quickly as possible.

"We are doing absolutely everything we can to facilitate the completion of those adoptions," said Matthews.

When asked whether the province was considering changes to the licensing requirements, Matthews said the government is focusing on the immediate issue for now. But she added her ministry is always looking for ways to improve the system.

For the last two years, Imagine Adoption and its sister companies had helped Canadians adopt children from Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador.

BDO Dunwoody has told the agency's clients that the children in Ethiopia are safe and being taken care of at Imagine Adoption's transitional house in the country's capital, Addis Ababa.

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