Biological mothers are able to receive up to 15 weeks of Maternity benefits and an additional 35 weeks of Parental benefits, or up to 61 weeks of extended Parental benefits;
Adoptive parents are excluded from receiving maternity benefits and are only able to receive 35 weeks of Parental benefits, or 61 of Extended Parental Benefits;
The need to bond with a newborn or adopted child is the same for biological or adoptive parents; and
All parents in Canada should have equal time to spend with their newborn or adopted children.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to allow adoptive parents to be eligible for an equivalent amount of maternity benefits and leave to bond with their children.
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