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Source: Focus on Adoption Magazine
Five things every family should knowInternational adoption is a complicated process that involves the child, the parents, the provincial government, the federal government, and the government in the child’s birth country. You will need to do a lot of planning, a lot of paperwork, and a lot of waiting before the journey is complete.Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC; the department of the Federal government that deals with
Source: Focus on Adoption Magazine
Edmond Kilpatrick is the proud adoptive father of two daughters. As we approach Father’s Day, we’re pleased to share his thoughts on unconditional love and the meaning of family.A father’s heartDuring our first adoption, my wife relayed a conversation she had with a gentleman at work. “I could never raise another man’s child,” he’d told her. I often think about the sentiment behind this phrase. To me, it questions some aspect of my manhood by
Source: Focus on Adoption Magazine
 Editor's note: Cindy Packer, the matriarch of the Packer family, sadly passed away in December of 2018. AFABC wishes all the best to the Packer's during this difficult time, and we know that Cindy's kind and generous legacy lives on in her children.Three cultures plus infinite love equals one unique family!An unexpected cross-cultural journeyThe Packer household is a happy mishmash of culture and colour. Dad Mike’s collection of Coca-Cola
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
The Lohse family first appeared in the April/May 1998 issue of Focus on Adoption magazine, where Annette told the story of adopting Mikayla. Today we catch up with them and hear about the following 18 years from three perspectives: adoptive mom Annette, adoptee Mikayla, and birth mom Lisa. In part one, we hear Annette’s perspective.Two decades of loveOn November 10, 1984, my husband Kevin and I said our “I dos” in a small town church. We always
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
For almost twenty years, China has been the most popular source country for international adoptions by Canadian families. Since the peak year of 2005, however, adoption numbers have decreased while wait times have increased. The exception is China’s special needs (“waiting children”) program, which is now the largest source of international adoptions to Canadians. In this Q&A, we talk with two families who recently adopted through the
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
As we open our hearts to the future, we can learn from the closed adoptions of the past.Adoption’s early daysBefore the 19th century, what we now think of as kinship, clan, or custom adoption—compassionate adults incorporating orphaned children into their families—was essential to many cultures. For example, when Irish immigrants died of typhoid on the Atlantic crossing of 1847, thousands of orphaned children were taken in by French
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
As the eldest daughter in a family with 13 children, Rosaleen Milner knew all about life with many siblings. She also knew she wanted something different for her own future, something bold and adventurous. She wasn’t going to get married, and she definitely wasn’t having kids. That all changed when she met a handsome engineering student named Roger at Bible camp the summer she turned 15. A new vision started to take shape, one that would lead
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Edmond Kilpatrick is the proud adoptive father of two daughters. As we approach Father’s Day, we’re pleased to share his thoughts on unconditional love and the meaning of family.A father’s heartDuring our first adoption, my wife relayed a conversation she had with a gentleman at work. “I could never raise another man’s child,” he’d told her. I often think about the sentiment behind this phrase. To me, it questions some aspect of my manhood by
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
In December 1999, a small, wide-eyed toddler from a refugee camp in Sierra Leone, huddled in the arms of a Canadian celebrity, wary of the cameras that carried his image around the world.Ten thousand miles away, in Coquitlam, BC, Angela Faminoff saw that fundraising appeal on TV four times that evening. After sobbing her heart out, she said to her husband, "That is our child." For Angela and Russell, that moment was the beginning of the long
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Joseph is now 11 years old. He was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In his first few years, he tragically lost his birth family and ended up in a refugee camp and then an orphanage. After a three-year search and a two-year adoption process, he came to Canada to join his new family in Coquitlam. It has been an incredible journey for this young boy.Joseph has been home with his new Mom and Dad, Angela and Russel, and new siblings, Taylor and

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