TORONTO — Ontario should provide funding for up to three cycles of in vitro fertilization for women under the age of 42, according to a report released Wednesday.
The expert panel on infertility and adoption, appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty last summer, is also recommending the creation of a centralized adoption agency for the province.
Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, and Australia fund IVF treatments. Quebec announced this year it would fund three IVF cycles.
The panel also said Ontario’s current adoption system is “fragmented, complex and time-consuming” and fails to quickly connect waiting children with potential families.
Of the 9,400 Crown wards in care, only 822 were adopted last year, according to the report.
I’m still processing the IVF deal but I am greatly encouraged by the recognition that something needs to be done to provide thousands of children in their province permanent homes. Any churches in Ontario want to help?