This Giving Tuesday, we’re celebrating families formed through adoption.
We’re also acknowledging that families need support along the way.
After Daniel and the Johnson’s were connected through the AdoptOntario program, a match was made. While the Johnson’s knew they wanted to be Daniel’s parents and that building a relationship with their son might be challenging, most of their friends did not understand the complexities of adoption.
On one occasion, it was even suggested to them that since they were having a difficult time, maybe it ‘wasn’t working out’ and they should ‘reconsider.
The Johnsons contacted the ACO and were able to sign up for Pathways to Permanence, a free parent adoption focused training and support program. The program helped them see how changing their approach to parenting is essential for Daniel given that it takes longer for him to build and trust them and be part of a family.
But the best part is through the training they have been connected to other families formed by adoption and have been able to build a network of supportive relationships with others who understand their unique experiences.
Now that they have the education and support they need, the journey of permanency and adoption looks promising for the Johnsons and their son Daniel. While there will be bumps in the road, the ACO will be there along the way, and the adoption community at large.
Children need families and families need support. The ACO is there for families and child and youth in Ontario every step of the way. We can’t do it without your support.