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November 2017 Group of the Month: Adoption Council of Canada

Adoption Council of Canada

Children need homes. They need love, they need hugs! The sad reality is that many children are without families and cannot get all the love, support, and life they wish to have. But this is where The Adoption Council of Canada comes in!

Meet Our Group of the Month

Our featured group this month, The Adoption Council of Canada, helps kids find the right families.

From the Adoption Council of Canada’s website:

The mission of the ACC, while broadly serving the entire adoption community of adopted persons, birth families, and adoptive families, focuses on three main objectives:

  • To raise awareness about the number of children available for adoption in Canada’s child welfare system, and to facilitate programs that will promote the placement of waiting children in permanent loving families.
  • To connect with provincial adoption agencies and organizations and support them in our common goals, by assisting them in communicating with government and the private sector about their specific provincial challenges.
  • To recognize and promote the need for post-adoption supports for all members of the adoption community. The ACC strongly believes that education, communication and connection to medical, social, psychological and educational resources are essential in ensuring the success and longevity of adoptive family relationships.

Mission and Values

The ACC is also the number one resource for current Canadian adoption news, publications, educational resources, events and provincial links.

The ACC believes in demonstrating consideration and respect for all members of the adoption constellation, and in the fundamental right of all persons to have open access to records and to their birth history.

Don’t Miss Our Video of the Month

Check out our video this month about The Adoption Council of Canada, featuring our CEO Paul W. Slusher, and his adorable daughter Amira:

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Ecojustice Takes the Stand

Ecojustice

The Biggest Battles Happen in the Courtroom

ecojusticeMost of us do our part to help the environment by doing things like recycling or carpooling, and that’s awesome! But who fights the good fight when the problem isn’t a stray soda can or dripping faucet, but instead a corrupt corporation, big industry, or even our own government? That’s where our group of the month, Ecojustice, takes up arms.

Incorporated as a charity in 1990, Ecojustice’s vision is to harness the power of the law to protect and preserve the environment. This charity model was originally developed by the American Sierra Club Defense Fund, which at the time included young Canadian lawyer Stewart Elgie. Following the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 and seeing how its effects extended to his home country, Elgie recognized the need for a similar group in Canada, and returned to start Ecojustice, serving as a founding board member.

In the years that followed, the team has expanded to include over 20 lawyers and scientists from across the country, all dedicated to representing community groups, non-profits, First Nations, and individual Canadians in the fight for environmental justice.

Ecojustice on the Case

oil_duckHere’s an example of Ecojustice standing up to a multi-billion dollar company and the government at the same time:

In 2010, when 1,600 ducks died after landing on a Syncrude tailings pond in Alberta, neither the federal nor Alberta provincial government laid charges. So Ecojustice helped an Alberta resident file a private prosecution, prompting both governments to take over the case and lay charges. Syncrude was found guilty and agreed to pay $3 million which was, at the time, the largest fine for an environmental offence in Canadian history! But that’s just the start; the group has secured countless other legal victories, and in many cases these victories set a precedent for cases that followed.

Why We Love Ecojustice

Obviously, Mother Nature can’t go to court, which is why the world needs groups like Ecojustice, and that’s why Contactsforless.ca has chosen Ecojustice as July’s group of the month. They are a 100% donor-funded charity, so visit ecojustice.ca to learn more about their cause and to make a direct donation.

In addition, as our group of the month, Ecojustice will be the default charity on every Contactsforless.ca order. However, if there’s another cause that’s near and dear to your heart, remember that you can still choose from over 50 different organizations during checkout, where Contactsforless.ca is committed to donating 51% of all its profit!