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Adoptive Family Camp by Camp Hermosa is a great opportunity for families to learn, share, gain support and celebrate fostering and adoption with each other.
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.
Although I had learned in PRIDE training about the importance of providing cultural food, music, experiences, and role models, I had never heard anyone talk about how you have to learn about racism to parent a child of another race.
There’s the scary question that I’ve been asking myself since PRIDE, where we were all made to consider our cultures and how they may differ from our adopted children.
If asked what aboriginal children and youth in care need from a foster or adoptive family, I would have to say they need a family that is loving and compassionate... A family that can give them a sense of belonging while at the same time a sense of identity by making sure they have people in their life who can help them learn the teachings and ceremonies and who they are as the original people.
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.