Friday, July 17, 2009

'Just so devastated'

"We're just so devastated. We wanted to expand our family," she said Thursday.

Along with their hopes, the Ogonieks have invested $18,000 in the adoption.

"I think more importantly, it's not just the money, it's the hope and the dream of completing a family," she said.

The Ogoniek family is just one of 400 across Canada and 30 in Ottawa who are wondering whether their efforts to adopt have been lost.

"I think other parents that have e-mailed me or even talked to me on the phone — there's so many tears and the devastation," she said.

"It's like a death. It feels like a death to them."

Many of the parents — or prospective parents — affected said they'd like the Ontario government to step in and unite the children who were going to be adopted with the Canadian families that had been waiting for them.

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