Upholding Family Values: Focus on family reunification: Ease access, limit DNA tests

Jean-Claude, photo: Settlement Arts/Anna Hill

Jean-Claude and his family were finally reunited in Canada in July. After years of waiting, Jean-Claude was informed in February 2010 that he and his children would have to undergo DNA testing. The tests meant further delays and a large, unplanned expense. Photo: SettlementArts.ca/Anna Hill

Demands for DNA testing are causing significant hardships for some families awaiting reunification in Canada, especially those who cannot afford the test or who have already been waiting years to be reunited. Thanks to generous donors and dialogue with government departments, progress has been made in some cases. The CCR is calling for the Canadian government to review its current practices and establish guidelines for when DNA tests are used.