November is one of my favourite advocacy months here because it’s National Adoption Awareness Month. That means multiple opportunities to remind people there are 7, 500 kids available for adoption in Ontario right now. That’s down since the Liberal government implemented a few changes to legislation. I’ve been advocating for adoption and child welfare issues for a decade now and I am all too aware that a few short years ago, the number of children waiting for permanent homes was closer to 10,000 kids. That’s progress. But, even one child is far too many.
This is my Wordless Wednesday post for the week. I know it’s not so wordless, but I have far too much to say about foster care and adoption and what needs to happen so that every child in Ontario has a home.
Thirteen years ago we were told there were no healthy infants available for adoption in London, Ontario. Less than one year later we got the call that a six week old Healthy baby girl had been matched with us, with our home. Her birth parents, who we have never met, chose our profile out of 23 or more potential couples. I hope to meet them both one day and thank them for the most precious gift ever – parenthood. My family was built out of love through adoption, after a health care crisis and infertility. People ask me all the time how or why we adopted domestically. They also ask how that experience was. I often say: Just look at my two beautiful girls. How could I ask for anything more?
If you need more information about adoption, contact London-Middlesex Children’s Aid Society
(519-455-9000) Or click on the AdoptOntario ad on the side of my blog. Every single child in Ontario, in every province of this amazing country, should have a permanent home.