Adoptive Families Association of BC

Adoption Monthly October 2019

: Laura Lafortune: The Lafortune family grew through adoption out of foster care.


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Adoptive families make great foster families!
Jussi and Colleen Yrjana were on the cusp of becoming empty-nesters when they decided to adopt two beautiful daughters from Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 (read their adoption story). Now they’re foster parents, too! To celebrate foster family month, we interviewed them about what it’s like to be a foster, adoptive, and biological family.

“After two years into life at home with our adopted daughters, we decided that we could help other families through fostering. Previously, we had done respite for foster parents, so we knew that there was a need, but then we realized that I could continue to stay home, and we could foster full time. Having both foster and adopted children at home can be both healing and can create a constant struggle to get unmet needs met. With more children demanding attention, and trauma added to the mix, we dropped ourselves into the therapeutic roles of full-time parenting…”

Read the rest of their story.



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Meet the Ewasiuk-Pohl family
Fostering + Adoption = Family


BC Foster Basics: Adopting Your Foster Child: Each year, approximately 42% of all adoptions in British Columbia are foster parents adopting the children in their care. Learn more in this video from BCFFPA

AFABC news

PIN-FAM-JAM: Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd annual PIN-FAM-JAM fundraiser. We are very pleased to annouce we surpassed our fundraising goal. A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who showed up or donated, as well as our wonderful sponsors! See you next year.

Adoption Awareness Month: November is Adoption Awareness Month! We're looking forward to seeing landmarks across the province #LightUpForAdoption, hosting some great events, and sharing #MythBustingMonday posts on social media. If you have any adoption myths you'd like us to address, please email Allie at

Adoption & Permanency Learning

AEP-Online Foundations course

This program provides prospective adoptive parents with a strong foundation of knowledge for caring for their adopted child. Registration is open for our October and November sessions.

Trauma Informed Parenting workshop

The first year of adoption placement can be tough – especially for parents managing kids with trauma. This online workshop is designed to provide tips and tools for trauma informed parenting in the in the first year of placement.

Pathways to Permanency webinar

This on-demand webinar reviews each dimension of permanence and focuses on the options for legal permanence in the event that a child cannot be returned to the care of their birth parents. 

AFABC events

October 7 [Kamloops] Bowling for Connections: Come out and meet your Family Support Worker from AFABC while you and your family enjoy some bowling and connect with others! 

October 10 [Victoria] Waiting Parent Coffee Drop-in: Stop by on your way home for a cup of coffee on us! Meet and connect with other waiting parents to share the joys and challenges of being a waiting parent! 

October 16 [Dawson Creek] Back to School WebinarJump-start the school year with a group webinar viewing and discussion! Learn tips and strategies on how to help your adopted child be more successful at school while easing some of the stress at home.

October 16 [Vernon] Vernon Adoptive Families Group: Join other adoptive families to network and connect. 7-9 PM Trinity United Church, Vernon. Contact Pam Ellis at for more details.

October 16 or 17 (TBD) [Kelowna] Kelowna Adoptive Families Group: Join other adoptive families to network and connect. Please RSVP to confrim time, date and location. Contact Renata at or Rita at write.rita.miller@

October 25 [Fort St John] Waiting Parents Dessert Night: Join other waiting parents for some delicous crepes! Meet and connect with other waiting parents to share the joys and challenges of being a waiting parent. 
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