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Adoptive parents and families need support. We need to be able to access these supports in the moment. Professionals can help in many ways but they go home at night. We are living this.
Families are the cornerstone of our society. Families raise our children and build our communities. As families succeed, Canada succeed.
~ His Excellency, Governor General David Johnson, Throne Speech 2013
Post adoption peer support is an invaluable way to help adoptive families succeed.
We need to be aware that social communities like Adopt4Life exist and can be there to normalize the journey and provide meaningful social interactions.
We need to see Post Adoption Depression added to the PRIDE curriculum in Ontario.
Two years ago, we adopted a 7-year-old. Adoption brings with it so much cataclysmic change. For us, we became first time parents filled with the overwhelm and worry that this brings. For our daughter, she became part of a queer family, moving for the first time through the world with two moms.
Some of you may be shifting uncomfortably in your chair, others may be laughing and thinking self care–who has time for that? If you felt this way–don’t worry, I have been there as well.
With the recent approval of Bill 89, even greater focus is needed on defining the detailed regulations that will determine its implementation. Adopt4Life remains ready to consult with the government on the definition of those regulations, as well as support anyone in our adoptive parents’ community who has questions.
We are writing with our immediate and urgent request that you withdraw your March 20th directive to Ontario Directors of Education that they distribute to schools and students the flyer from the Motherisk Commission: “Were you taken from your parent by the Children’s Aid Society?” Further, we ask that you urgently notify all Boards and Directors to tell staff who have already posted the flyer (in print or online) to remove it.