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Couple upset with adoption process


Vanessa and Stuart Mayo

A couple who have been trying to have a family for over eight years is upset after trying to adopt a child in Nunavut.


Vanessa Mayo says she was contacted by a birth family to adopt their unborn baby back in April, but she says she was informed by social workers in this province that because there wasn't a significant relationship with the birth mother prior to her becoming pregnant, she had to go through a lawyer and do a custody agreement.


After going through the legal system to get a custody agreement, she was told by social workers in Nunavut that home checks needed to be completed.


Mayo cannot get a home check completed because she says she hasn't found anyone in the province to come and do the home checks.


There are no private agencies in this province who are approved to facilitate Intercountry adoptions, however, the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development says applicants can avail of services of agencies located in other provinces.


There are several types of adoptions including domestic, interprovincial, and intercountry.


The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development did not respond to a request for comment by the publication time.



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