In the last few decades, openness in adoption has become the norm. Professional research and the personal experiences of adoptees and birth parents support the idea that some degree of openness is usually best for everyone, even in adoptions from foster care. That doesn't mean it's always easy, though. In this article, Sarah, an adoptive mom, explains how her family navigated an unexpectedly rough patch in their open adoption journey.
From time to time, people express concerns over the profiles we circulate of kids in BC who are waiting for adoptive families. In this issue’s Opinion column, a social worker and an adoptive parent explain how they protect kids’ privacy, and why profiles matter. Want to share your opinion on an adoption-related topic? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why profiles matter: a social worker’s perspective
By Kirsty Stormer
The deadline for filing your personal taxes is approaching quickly. To maximize your refund, it’s important to understand the tax credits and deductions that are available to you. Many tax advantages are targeted to families, including families who finalized the adoption of a child during the year. Here’s a summary of those credits and deductions.
In this series Marion Crook, author and adoptive mom, takes us on a journey through changes in adoption in BC. Part one explores local infant adoption, part two will look at international adoption, and part three will focus on adoption from foster care.
There are hundreds of teenagers in foster care who need permanent homes. In this interview Paula*, a mom who’s adopted four youth, shares her journey.
*all names have been changed to protect the family's privacy.
Tell me about your family.
I live in a small, coastal town. I’m a single mom. I have seven children: Naomi (27), Tessa (25), Jack (24), Rob (23), Cameron (21), Justin (18), and Blake (17).
Meredith Graham shared this moving spoken word poem at AFABC's Hats Off! gala in 2016. The audience was so captivated that we wanted to share it with you too.
Storytelling can help your child receive a more accurate assessment
What adoptees want parents to know
If we could go back in time and, with the wisdom of hindsight, ask our parents to do things differently, what would adopted people request? It’s a dream question, of course. What person wouldn’t want the chance to set their parents straight?
To help me answer this question more objectively, I asked many of the adopted adults who belong to We are Adopted: The Adoptees Association to share their thoughts. I also reflected on the many stories I’ve heard from other adopted people over the years.
An optimistic take on contemporary adoption
Marion Crook’s second adoption book, Thicker than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World, is more than a how-to for today’s adoptive family. It begins with a thorough and thought-provoking examination of the history of adoption in Canada and other Commonwealth nations.
In addition to the camps we offer, AFABC supports a number of community camps (see sidebar for details). In this article, we learn more about the newest addition to our sponsorship program: Camp Moomba. Each year, approximately 15 of Moomba’s 40 campers are adoptees or foster kids!