"There are two reasons why we publish this Bulletin at this time. First, there are evidences that all good citizens need to be alert to the problems of underprivileged children, and the children of broken families, and those whose parents are proceeding through the Divorce Courts (so numerous, unhappily, today). .... Secondly, clergy are constantly being asked for advice concerning problem children, and constantly being asked about children for adoption. We ask ourselves such questions as these. `What should the clergyman do about the problem of underprivileged children ? -- children of cruel or neglectful parents ? -- the children affected by divorce proceedings ?' `What is the most helpful role of the clergyman in adoption proceedings ?' `What can he advise about children of unmarried mothers ?' `How best can he help the Child-Caring Agencies with information and advice ? -- how much responsibility can he assume in making decisions ? -- may he better consult with Social workers and agents of the Children's Aid ?' For these two chief reasons we publish this Bulletin. We believe it will be of help. Dr. Charlotte Whitten has written the Article specially for the Bulletin. No person in Canada is better fitted to advise clergy and other interested citizens on this most important matter." -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / W.W. Judd -- The Clergyman and Child Protection in the Parish / Charlotte Whitten -- Services in the Provinces -- References (Suggested by the Author) -- Proposals Concerning Protection of Children of Divorced Persons -- Books on Child and Family Life in the Council's Library.
Author's summary of article given as follows: "An informal discussion of some of the principles and procedures underlying Canadian legislation and practice in the protection and care of children in danger of neglect. Written for the information and general guidance of the clergyman to whom his parishioners in or concerned over such cases are apt to turn" (p. 2).
"With regard to the article in the May  issue of the 'Anglican Journal' ['Taken: unwed mothers pressured to give up their babies', p. 1], in which Victoria [sic i.e. Valerie] Andrews recounts her experience as an unwed mother and the painful memories that still haunt her: I have read several articles of this type in various Canadian newspapers and I wonder if you ever receive any letters from children who were adopted". "It would be interesting to know if Victoria has been able to connect with her son and what his feelings are about the fact that he was adopted".
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:
1. Urge that as a matter of public policy surrogate parenting should be discouraged.
2. Urge that surrogacy contracts should be unenforceable in Canada.
3. Adopt recommendations 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 on legal aspects contained in the report of the Anglican Task Force on Surrogate Motherhood on pages 8 and 9.
4. Recommend to the provinces and territories that adoption laws ensure that commercial surrogacy (recommending, initiating, arranging, or agreeing to the bearing of a child in a surrogacy arrangement for payment in cash or in kind) is banned in each province and territory.
5. Agree that the principles and recommendations in the report of the Task Force on "Surrogate Motherhood", together with the resolutions of this 32nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada which relate to surrogacy be the basis of any recommendations by the National Executive Council and other national Church bodies to governments when policy is being formed or legislation enacted.
6. Commend the above resources also to the Provinces and Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED Act 112
Due to conflict of interest, Mr. Justice Ronald Stevenson and Mr. Justice David Wright, Assessors to the General Synod, abstained from voting on the above motion.
[For earlier acts and discussion subsequently replaced by this Act see pages 60-62.]
Between 1942 and 1972, many maternity homes in Canada "were run by or supported by churches or individual church members -- provided a refuge, shielding girls and women from the social stigma attached to having a child out of wedlock, but [Valerie] Andrews and other women say there is another side to the story. They say they were coerced into giving up babies they wanted to keep, by methods that included shaming, intimidation and withholding information about alternatives" (p. 1). In 2009 Andrews became "executive director of Origins Canada, the Canadian branch of an organization that supports and advocates for people separated by adoption. According to Andrews, the majority of the 60 to 80 maternity homes that operated over the years in Canada were affiliated with the Catholic Church and the Salvation Army; a small number had ties to the Anglican and United churches and other denominations" (p. 12). "Annette Stokes was 16 years old when she became pregnant in 1964. Her family sent her to Toronto's Humewood House. The home was established in 1912 by a committee of St. Thomas's Anglican Church, Huron Street, in Toronto, which became the Humewood House Association" (p. 12). "Origins is also asking the churches to make a joint statement in favour of open records across Canada. 'Six provinces still have closed records where .. an adoptee cannot even get their own birth certificate', Andrews said". "Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he is glad that this issue is 'coming to light because it gives us an opportunity to respond to those emotional, spiritual needs that come out of a sense of abandonment on the part of many children and traumatic loss on the part of many mothers and fathers as well' (p. 12)".