B.C. on target to find adoption families for 300 kids and youth: children's rep

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VICTORIA - British Columbia's independent representative for children and youth says the government's adoption campaign is on target to reach its goal of finding 300 families for kids and teens who need homes.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says in an update report that the government wants to find adoption families by the end of March.

She says 153 children and youth who were in government care during the first seven months of the 2014-2015 fiscal year have been adopted.

At a joint news conference last June, Turpel-Lafond and Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux pledged to launch a public effort to increase adoptions in B.C.

On any given day in the province, more than 1,000 children in government care are waiting to be adopted.

Cadieux and Turpel-Lafond, who are often at odds over child-protection issues, agree that the number of kids and youth waiting to be adopted is too high.

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