Speaker Profiles

 Jessica Van der veer

Jessica Van der veer

Youth advocate and older child adoptee

After growing up in the child welfare system, Jessica was adopted at 6 years of age. At age 12, she began to advocate with the Ontario Provincial Advocates Office, the Adoption Council of Ontario and the Adoption Council of Canada. She is a strong supporter for children and youth currently living in the child welfare system and believes strongly in supporting and educating adoptive families. She has always believed that an additional 15 week attachment leave would allow parent(s) a longer time to bond to their children and the children to bond to their parents.

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