When we adopted our first child we did not know what to expect. We knew that he had challenges – challenges that we were ready to face together as a family, but we did not know that we were not alone. And when I say that we were not alone, I don’t mean that there were other families facing similar challenges (even though I am sure they were); I mean that we had the support of the Adoption Council of Ontario, and their post adoption services, so that we did not have to face our son’s challenges alone.
The post adoption support that we received was extraordinary. Our son is on the autism spectrum, and thus needed support services. The Adoption Council assisted with his ABA and IBI therapy programs, and assisted us with finding a speech therapist to aid in his speech development. Additionally, they provided us with regular information on upcoming programs, gatherings of adoptive families, and information that they felt we may find useful.
When we adopted our second child, the post adoption support was the same. Our daughter did not have the extensive needs of our son, however, the Adoption Council ensured that we were kept well informed of upcoming programs, training, and support groups that would assist us with raising our daughter and integrating her into our family.
It sounds very cliché to say that it takes a village to raise a child, but having adopted two children, I know for certain that this is a fact. Without post adoption services, we could not have survived the gamut of emotions that arises when creating a forever family.
Author: Adoptive Parent