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What is limbo?

Limbo was originally a Christian medieval term given for the resting place of souls without fault that were deprived of heaven, and is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition.” This concept has been applied by child welfare to the prolonged period of time in which children are deprived of permanency. Although there are many reasons why a child may be “in limbo”, the destabilization of children’s lives while they remain in limbo undermines the development and continuity of important relationships resulting in severe emotional and psychological costs. The goal of the Children in Limbo Task Force is to identify, describe and illustrate the factors and issues both clinical and court-related, which contribute to children remaining in limbo unnecessarily.

Upcoming Event

Children at the Centre Book Launch, Hamilton

Cover of publication, there is a painted heart with children inside it.

Date: October 17 from 2 – 4 PM
Location: Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, 735 King St. E., Hamilton, L8M 1A1

The Children in Limbo Task Force is publishing Children at the Centre: Their right to Truth and Voice,” and launching it on October 17 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, 735 King St. E., Hamilton, L8M 1A1.

The publication reflects many of the ideas presented at our Symposium held at Jewish Family and Child in November 2017. The authors are professionals in child welfare and their chapters present useful information for people who work in the field.

Several people will be speaking on the day of the Launch: Irwin Elman, people with lived experience, among others.

To RSVP, please email fil.damico@hamiltonccas.on.caa by October 15 and indicate how many people you are bringing, and your organizational affiliation.

For more information and to buy copies of the book please contact Gitte Granofsky, Chair of the Children in Limbo Task Force: birgittegranofsky@gmail.com