FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SILENT AUCTION AND FUNDRAISER FOR ADOPT4LIFE
SATURDAY NOV. 22, 2014
GOODWILL CAREER CENTRE, 255 HORTON STREET EAST, LONDON, ON
This November Adopt4Life is raising awareness for their goal of #AHome4EveryKid in Ontario. To fulfill its mission, Adopt4Life is organizing a silent & live auction fundraiser to raise awareness of this urgent matter.
“Ontario has nearly 7,000 children awaiting forever homes, yet ready families still wait years for matches by their local Children’s Aid Societies,” says Julie Despaties, Founder of Adopt4Life. “Too many waiting children are languishing in foster care for years without permanency.” Adopt4life is advocating on a governmental level to push for a better process.
Adopt4Life also aims to empower families who have embarked on their adoptive journey. Raising children who have experienced loss and trauma is extremely challenging, and post adoption support is essential to help prevent children from being sent back into care from adoptive homes. Currently, there is little in the way of help for new adoptive parents who are struggling.
As keynote speakers and experts in field, Christen Shepherd and Lisa Highfield, authors of The Promise: Truth from the Trenches of Adoption will shed some light on the challenges parent experience after adopting, revealing the unspoken crisis of adoption breakdowns, where children are returned to foster care after being in “forever homes.” With support, parents can overcome challenges and children will remain in loving, stable families. Ultimately children deserve parents and families are worth fighting for.
All proceeds of the evening will support Adopt4Life in their advocacy work on behalf of all children and families impacted by adoption.
Adopt4Life is Ontario’s Adoptive Parent Association, a grass roots, non-‐profit organization. They advocate at the governmental level for an improved adoption process and for better services. They also provide support and guidance to adoptive families from the moment they are “Adopt Ready” throughout their parenting journey. Adopt4Life is inclusive of ALL types of adoptive parents in Ontario, including: public, private, international, kin care, customary care and moral adoption. Adopt4Life believes Ontario can do better when it comes to forming families through adoption: Every child deserves a 4ever home. Find out more at www.Adopt4Life.com.
Julie Despaties Lisa Highfield