Couple with cerebral palsy allowed to care for their three-week son

Disabled parents allowed to keep newborn son

Disabled parents from Mississauga, Ont., will be allowed to keep their newborn son.

At a meeting Friday between the parents and the Peel Children’s Aid Society, the CAS relented, saying it would allow the couple to continue to care for their three-week old son.

The parents were fighting to keep their child after social workers threatened to take the boy away unless he receives round-the-clock care from an “able-bodied attendant.”

Child welfare authorities were concerned about the ability of the baby’s parents, Maricyl Palisoc and her partner, Charles Wilton to take care of him.

Both parents have cerebral palsy, a disorder that limits their motor skills and slurs their speech, but has no effect on their cognitive abilities.

After several hours of discussions — including input from advocacy groups for the disabled — the CAS said it would not pursue removing the child from his parents

CBC News Posted: May 04, 2012 12:56 PM ET Last Updated: May 04, 2012 10:21 PM ET

Canadian woman living in the UK with African partner wants travel ban on West African countries lifted

Canadian woman wants travel ban on West African countries lifted

By Video Journalist  Global News

WATCH ABOVE: A New Brunswick woman says Canada must revisit its travel restrictions on visitors from western Africa after her and her partner from Sierra Leone were denied entry into Canada. Global’s Alex Abdelwahab reports.

MONCTON – A Canadian woman, originally from New Brunswick, is upset her partner was not able to join her and their daughter this summer in Canada.

Rachael Borlase, who now lives in the UK, said her partner, Amara Bangura, was told his visitor visa to Canada would not be processed because he had recently been to Sierra Leone.

Borlase, who is visiting her parents in Pointe-du-Chene, NB, said the plan had been for Bangura to join them Thursday evening for her brother’s “typically East Coast” wedding this weekend.

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“We’re going on a lobster boat, and then out for dinner,” Borlase said. “Then having a massive, about 100-person, pig roast tomorrow, as part of the whole wedding weekend.”

Borlase and Bangura live together with their daughter, six-month-old Ruby Borlase Bangura, in Norwich, England, where Bangura is completing his Master’s at the University of East Anglia.

But Bangura has a Sierra Leone passport, which means he requires a visa to visit Canada.

Foster children who wind up in the care of families from different cultures may face “severely traumatizing” experiences, says Aaminah Ega

Culture clash: How the foster care system is failing Canada’s ethnic communities

Published on: July 3, 2015 | Last Updated: July 3, 2015 4:31 PM EDT

Mumtaz Akhtar has been a foster parent to eight Muslim children but says the screening procedure may be too intrusive for many prospective Muslim foster parents to accept. DARREN BROWN / OTTAWA CITIZEN

It’s been 28 years since Michael and Suzanne Paquette took in a First Nations foster child for the first time.

Since then, the couple — who call themselves “white Canadians” — have fostered more than 15 children from First Nations communities in Ontario. While the Paquettes’ foster children go on bike rides with Michael and read bedtime stories with Suzanne, the couple admits there is one thing they can never, fully share with the children in their home: the First Nations’ culture.

“There is definitely a loss there for a child that is not grounded in their own culture completely,” says Michael, who advocates on behalf of foster families as chairman of the League of Ontario Foster Families.

“You can expose them to all of the stuff that you get to and you can make sure they understand that this is their culture and you can teach them all those things, but … you can’t be that culture.”

VANCOUVER: Chinese children adopted by white Canadians admit there are challenges

Chuck Chiang: For Chinese children adopted by white Canadian parents, birth culture is both ‘foreign’ and an opportunity

Children at an International Children’s Day celebration at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Held by the local Chinese consulate, the event drew members of about 20 B.C. families with children adopted from China.

Photograph by: Handout

Earlier this year, I was doing the dishes when a documentary on TV caught my eye.

Twin Sisters by Norwegian filmmaker Mona Friis Bertheussen detailed the tales of two girls — identical twins — who were adopted from China by two families, one in Sacramento, Calif., the other in a small village in Norway.

The film is beautifully made, highlighting the girls’ innate connection to one another despite growing up in vastly different environments and cultures. It touched on issues of identity for internationally adopted children — something that would strike a chord with countless immigrant children whose parents’ culture varies drastically from the mainstream that shaped their childhood.

According to Statistics Canada, almost 21,000 children were adopted from abroad by Canadians 1999 to 2009, including 8,000 from China.

A week ago, the Chinese Consulate hosted International Children’s Day celebrations at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The event drew about 20 B.C. families with children adopted from China.

Officials describe these families as an important bridge between cultures, a sign of the growing person-to-person interaction between Canada and the Far East. Several parents explained how they had to “stretch” outside of their usual comfort zone and learn more about another culture for the sake of their children

“Our families are the symbols for the link between China and Canada, and we hope that these children continue to serve as a link to help other Canadians learn more about China,” Eamon Duffy said at the event. He is co-chair of the group Families with Children from China.

The marriage of cultures present challenges that parents and children both readily admit to.

“I remember, when Wednesdays would come around and it was time to go to Mandarin class, I would hide, pretend to be sick,” recounted Maia Robinson, 19, who had taken Chinese language classes since age 5. “I spent a lot of time studying Mandarin, and I remember I used to always resent it.”

Maia and her sister Cleone, 17, were adopted from China when they were infants. The family lives in West Vancouver.

CLAGARY: Ada Guan and Wes Branch regret seeking $50K in crowdfunding campaign

1st-time parents say they never meant to offend people by asking for donations through crowdfunding

CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 4:50 PM PT Last Updated: May 18, 2015 8:00 AM PT

New parents Ada Guan and Wes Branch arrived in Vancouver before heading home to Victoria after Guan gave birth to baby Chloe on a flight to Japan on May 10. The couple has faced backlash over their attempt to raise money in a crowdfunding campaign, so reduced the goal to $5,000 from $50,000.New parents Ada Guan and Wes Branch arrived in Vancouver before heading home to Victoria after Guan gave birth to baby Chloe on a flight to Japan on May 10. The couple has faced backlash over their attempt to raise money in a crowdfunding campaign, so reduced the goal to $5,000 from $50,000. (CBC)

The Canadian couple who made international headlines when the woman delivered a surprise baby aboard an Air Canada flight headed to Japan regret seeking $50,000 through crowdfunding donations, and have dramatically lowered the goal.

Wes Branch and girlfriend Ada Guan, who are in their early 20s, were interviewed at Vancouver International Airport on Sunday morning on a stopover before a flight home to Victoria.

Ada Guan, B.C. woman who gave birth on plane, didn’t know she was pregnant

Woman went into labour somewhere over the Pacific Ocean after leaving Canada

CBC News Posted: May 11, 2015 8:07 PM PT Last Updated: May 12, 2015 4:34 AM PT

Baby Chloe, who was born on an Air Canada flight to Japan, was an unexpected surprise.Baby Chloe, who was born on an Air Canada flight to Japan, was an unexpected surprise. (Facebook)

The baby born on an Air Canada flight somewhere over the Pacific Ocean was a complete surprise to her B.C. parents.

Ada Guan, 23, delivered her baby with the help of three doctors aboard the plane. She was travelling from Calgary to Tokyo with her boyfriend, Wesley Branch.

Branch’s parents Sandra and David, who live in Penticton, say Guan didn’t realize she was pregnant.

“I said to her, ‘Did you not feel anything inside?’ and she said ‘No, every once in a while I felt gas or rumblings in there’ but never thinking it was a baby in there,” says Sandra.