The Adoption Resource Exchange

Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) events happen all over Canada and the US, one or more times each year.  The purpose of each ARE is to network and share information between Children’s Aid Society offices about the children they have available for adoption.  Each Society tries to place the children that come into their care, within…

The Home Study

This post is LONG overdue!  Our Home Study, a necessary prerequisite for our approval for adoption, started in July, and has now been completed.  It’s the beginning of November.  If there’s anything I’ve learned through this whole process, it’s that I really need to work on my patience (… or rather, my lack of patience).…

PRIDE Week #9 – The Last Session

The last week of Pride! I can’t believe it’s gone by so quickly, especially after waiting so long for it to start. From what I understand though, waiting is a HUGE part of this whole adoption journey. Our session was primarily about considering how to welcome a child into our home, how to keep them…

PRIDE: Week #8

At our first week’s session, our instructors said that some of our classes may hit close to home and leave us feeling emotionally drained, or even bring up past emotions.  I thought “Yeah, sure, for the others maybe”.  But it’s taken me several days to formulate the recap for our eighth session for that very…

PRIDE Week #7

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This week’s class was all about discipline.  We started with figuring out the difference between “discipline” and “punishment”. When I think of the word “discipline”, I subconsciously shorten it to “disciple”, as in the 12 men who spent 3 years following Jesus around.  I read somewhere that a disciple was…

PRIDE Training — Week 6

This week we talked about “Strengthening Family Relationships”. We watched about an hour of  “A Place Between:  The Story of An Adoption“, a first person documentary about the search for identity of a man named Curtis, who was adopted as a 7-year-old outside of his culture.  He and his younger brother, Ashok, were adopted by…

PRIDE – Week 5

This past week was our “panel week”, instead of what is scheduled as Week #5 in the PRIDEbook.  We had several guests: a kinship-care mom, an adoptive mom, and a foster couple.  Each of them shared their stories with us, and it was so exciting to hear how things had gone for each family. One…