As we celebrate the Chinese New Year, I would like to take a moment and share some highlights from the past year. I share this in the hope that it helps you to understand the work that we do and it provides me with an opportunity to reflect on our past year’s successes and challenges in hopes to continue to improve our service and support.
This past year we placed children from BC, Japan, China, Haiti, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Grenada and Alberta and served 125 new clients including 28 birth parents. We facilitated 11 Adoption Information Sessions, 3 Adoption Education programs and 3 Waiting Parents Groups. We welcomed Cathy Murphy, from The Children’s Bridge Adoption Agency (Ontario) who presented on adoptions from China and Thailand, Parmjit Mangat, from World View Adoption Agency (Ontario) who presented on adoptions from India and Manon Parent from TDH Ontario (TDHO) who presented on Haiti, Vietnam and Bulgaria. We met with John Meske from Faith International and Yasutomo Shinozuka from Baby Life who together facilitate adoptions from Japan. Additionally we hosted two summer picnics and the annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch.
Our staff are continually working to upgrade their skills and knowledge and here are a few of the courses and conferences attended this year: Understanding FASD-Strategies for Success, Helping Your Adopted Teen Build Their Identity, Teaching the Hurt Child, The Art and Science of Transplanting Children, Working with Families with Complex and Diverse Needs, Growing up as a Transracial Adoptee: What Parents need to know, Leadership 2000, SAFE Training, Community Leadership Program and the Child’s Song Conference. We also presented at the Justice Institute to the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) on Agency Birth Parent work.
FSGV continues to contract with the BC MCFD and completed 33 assessments this year to assist in placing BC’s Foster Children. We are proud to be a part of the goal of working towards every child in BC having a family. We also continue to pursue opportunities in BC and other countries for our waiting parents.
It is an honour for us to do this work and a privilege to have a part in building families through adoption. Our families are important to us and we strive to provide support for all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents. We realize that you have a choice in adoption agencies and appreciate your continued trust in us. We welcome any feedback or suggestions that you may have for us as we strive to improve our services for the adoption community in BC.
We wish for you a year filled with happiness, hope and good health.