Adoption Options has brought together over 1,700 birth and adoptive families to provide forever homes for children since 1985. We’ve counseled thousands of women and families as they’ve made difficult choices for their futures. We provide a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental place for people to explore all their options. And we offer hope for the future – hope for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy, and for those dreaming of a family created through adoption.
OPEN ADOPTION | In open adoption, birth and adoptive families have an open exchange of information. Ongoing contact between families is most often maintained, and can be at varying degrees, from an annual exchange of letters and photos, to regular visits and the development of a close relationship with the extended birth family.
MISSION | Building Families ~ Creating Futures
VISION | All children raised with permanency in safe, loving and stable forever homes
WE SUPPORT ANYONE FACING AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY
An unexpected pregnancy can be very scary, and decisions can be extremely difficult. We are here to help anyone who finds themselves in this situation explore their options. Our professional social workers offer counseling and support as clients decide if adoption is the right choice for them. If they choose adoption for their child, we support them through a process of choosing an adoptive family and making an adoption plan. If they decide that adoption is not right for them, we assist in finding appropriate community resources. Support to birthparents is provided free of charge throughout, regardless of their decision, and for as long after the adoption as birthmothers require it.
WE HELP PARENTS REALIZE THEIR DREAM OF CREATING A FAMILY
The decision to adopt takes time and careful consideration. Through our adoption programs, we assist potential adoptive parents learn about domestic open adoption, private direct adoption and international adoption. We provide education and preparation seminars to help couples prepare to be the best adoptive parents they can be. Our professional staff counsel and guide couples throughout the adoption process, and offer post-adoption support services.
WE REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY
Through our community outreach program, we connect with professionals in the many, varied caring professions to help increase their understanding of open adoption, and to ensure they are able to provide their clients with quality information about adoption as an option. There is general lack of understanding and many misperceptions about adoption today. We are advancing adoption awareness by connecting with doctors, nurses, government social workers, police services, school counselors, and many others in our community.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be very frightening. The birthmother may be too young to raise a child. She may be afraid to tell her family and friends about her pregnancy. She may already have children and feel she just isn’t able to raise another child. She may have an alcohol or drug addiction, or have older children in foster care. She may even be homeless.
Our programs offer support. Our programs offer options…
Our professional social workers have worked with every one of these women and many others, offering caring and non-judgmental counseling to those facing an unexpected pregnancy. Birthmothers, their partners and families are supported through a process where they can explore all of their options to find the one that is best for themselves and their child. Our counselors provide quality information and choice counseling, while helping them examine their hopes and dreams for the future.
If birthparents decide that adoption is the right choice for them, we support them through the process of selecting an adoptive family and making an adoption plan that includes some form of ongoing contact. Counseling and support is available throughout their pregnancy and for as long after the adoption as they require it. If adoption is not their choice, we assist them in connecting with community resources that can provide the best support. We counsel and support all birthparents free of charge, regardless of their decision.
We offer ongoing support…
Choosing to create a family through adoption often begins with loss and grief. Many couples face years struggling with infertility. Years of treatments and disappointments. Many others have had series of pregnancies resulting in painful losses. They grieve their unborn and stillborn children. Some families long to be reunited with relatives who live far away in different countries.
Our programs offer support. Our programs offer guidance…
We guide and support prospective adoptive parents who are residents of Alberta through their journey, to help them realize their dream of starting a family through adoption. We provide education about our Domestic Open Adoption Program, our International Adoption Program and our Private Direct Adoption Program to ensure that adoption is the right choice for them. We work through all the steps – seminars, paperwork and homestudies – to becoming an “approved” family who we can present to birthfamilies wishing to place a child for adoption. We offer education and support to help these parents become the best adoptive parents they possibly can. After placement, support continues with available counseling and adoptive parent support groups.
We believe in giving back to the community through advocacy and education.
Our programs offer a voice for change …
We provide ongoing education about adoption to our adoptive families and the broader community. Our professional staff give presentations and facilitate awareness sessions with professionals and in group settings such as high school and university classes, churches, pregnancy care centres, medical clinics, homeless shelters, and with many others in the caring professions. We proactively advocate for openness in adoption, and for positive changes in adoption legislation.
There are many ways to support the work of Adoption Options. You can make a difference in the lives of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies, couples wishing to realize their dream of creating a family, and children touched by adoption. When we work together, we can accomplish great things!
Volunteering with Adoption Options provides wonderful opport
unities to make a difference in someone’s life. Some of our volunteer opportunities include:
Adoption Options hosts three main events each year in Calgary and Edmonton: Birthmothers Day Ceremony, Family Picnics, and our Spread the Love fundraiser at Theatre Calgary. These events rely on donated prizes and auction item as well as sponsorships. Consider asking your company to support us with a donation of items, or through a corporate sponsorship.
We strive to keep our fees to adoptive families as low as possible to ensure adoption remains reasonably affordable. We do not charge fees to birthparents at any time. And we receive absolutely no government funding. The many services we offer in our community we do for free because we believe in the value of advocacy and education. We continue to do what we can do with the staff we have, always stretching ourselves to do more and dreaming of the day we can do it all.
We are grateful to you in whatever way you choose to make a difference.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!