Thinking about Adopting?
Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family. People come to adoption for different reasons, some because they are unable to have a child born to them, they are single or a same gender couple, and some because they wish to give a home to a child in need, either locally or from another country. Some children in need of adoption may have special needs, health issues, physical or emotional, may be older than an infant, or in a sibling group.
Adoption has changed a great deal in the past forty or fifty years. Fewer newborns are being placed for adoption. Years ago, if a woman was not married, she would be encouraged to place her child for adoption, but today there is no longer the stigma to single parenting. Many changes in adoption legislation and practice today have been brought about largely through the efforts of the adoption community, adoptive parents, adoptees and birth parents who have advocated for more openness and opportunity to access birth records.
Varying degrees of openness are available in adoption today, from none to on-going contact. Openness can range from an exchange of letters, photographs, emails, to visits or phone contacts, can be of varying frequency and duration, and is based on an agreement between birth and adoptive parents. Both birth and adoptive parents choose the level of openness that they are comfortable with. When the child reaches the age of majority, both the adoptee and birth parents can access the birth and adoption record although a no contact veto may be applied by either party.
Respect for a child’s race is very important. Wherever possible it is best for children to be placed in a home of the same race and culture, however; mixed race adoptions can be very successful. Adoptive parents will need to be aware of the issues and learn about the child’s culture and race to help the child know and be proud of who he or she is, along with helping the child understand why he or she has been adopted. Every effort is made now to place children of indigenous heritage in their community or to have a cultural plan in place to ensure the child does not lose touch with his or her heritage.
Adoption has the same joys and rewards as a birth family, giving and receiving love, helping your child grow and learn, being a forever family. Adoption is a lifelong experience and while there are similarities to raising a child born to you, there are also some differences. All parties to an adoption face issues of separation and loss. Birth parents have lost a child, adoptees have lost their birth family and adoptive parents may have lost the experience of raising a child born to them. These issues can be dealt with through preparation, discussion and support. Being well prepared for adoption makes adoptive families stronger.
But you don't have to go through it alone. We've helped hundreds of families adopt a child, and our team of adoption professionals will be with you every step of the way.
OPTIONS FOR ADOPTING
For individuals and couples considering adoption as an option for growing their family, there are several types of adoptions FSGV Adoption Agency helps to facilitate. We help families adopt a:
Depending on your situation, there may be more than one option available to you.
THE ADOPTION PROCESS
If you decide to adopt, the next steps are:
AFTER YOU ADOPT
Once you have adopted, you're welcome to have fun and connect with other adoptive families through our Post Placement Play Group and annual events including picnics, pumpkin patch outing and bowling.
We've helped hundreds of BC families adopt. Contact us for a free consultation with one of our caring, experienced social workers.
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