Welcome to Adopt4Life—Ontario’s Adoptive Parent Association!
Adopt4Life is a not-for-profit charitable organization. We support people considering and preparing for adoption and other permanency plans, adoptive parents, and kinship and customary caregivers, across Ontario. Our community provides peer-support, education, advice, access to resources and referrals to experts. We also work to raise public awareness of key issues that matter to adoptive, kin and customary care families and advocate on their behalf with decision-makers. At Adopt4Life, we believe in the power of family and permanency to help children and youth meet their potential.
Adopt4Life would like to thank the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services for investing in permanency for adoptive, kinship and customary care families and understanding the critical importance of Parent2Parent Support. We are truly stronger together.
Adoptive parents often describe a “honeymoon period” with their new children that can last weeks or months. But as the kids become more comfortable, the layers of trauma begin to reveal themselves …
Read the full story on Toronto Star.
Before adopting my daughter, I’d fantasized for a long time about our perfect first Christmas.
A group of Western University researchers and community partners are asking Canadian politicians to grant adoptive parents and caregivers more time to bond with their children during the early stages of adoption.
Chair of the Ontario's Adoptive Parents Association board and Western University professor and researcher, Carolyn McLeod tells London Morning why adoptive parents could use an additional 15 weeks of parental leave.
Listen to the segment here.
A team of Western University researchers in partnership with Adopt4Life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parents Association is advocating for a new class of employment insurance benefits for adoptive parents, and customary and kin caregivers.
CTV News interviews adoptive mother and former foster parent, Laura Dunlop-Dibbs on the challenges of the early trauma that affects her son, and how agencies like the new Non-profit Adopt4Life as interviewed by Julie Despaties, founder, is working to support the caregivers and adoptive parents of children and young people in and from child welfare.
Watch the full clip on CTV Calgary.
L' adoption au Canada Malik Hakim et Julie Despaties ont toujours su qu'ils voudraient adopter au moins un enfant. Le coup de cœur s'est fait lorsqu'ils ont vu la photo de non pas un, mais trois frères et sœurs ayant été confiés aux services sociaux de l'Ontario. Se lançant dans cette aventure et ouvrant leur cœur à leurs trois enfants, ils ne se doutaient pas que l'adaptation serait aussi difficile et enrichissante. Ils nous parlent de conseils qu'ils souhaitent prodiguer à des parents qui comme eux, voudraient adopter.