Adoptive Parent and Waiting Couples Groups
The Adoptive Parent Group is an open, ongoing and supportive group sponsored by Adoption Options for our adoptive parents and waiting couples. You may attend all meetings or the ones of your choosing. The group format includes a combination of open discussion, specified topics, meetings in partnership with birthmothers, guest speakers as well as social meetings. There is no fee to attend.
Calgary Adoptive Parent and Waiting Couples Group
The Calgary group is facilitated by Chantelle Beach. If you have any questions regarding the group, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calgary Meeting Schedule
Meetings are held one Monday per month -
excluding June, July and August
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: AO office building, main floor meeting space
5940 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary 2017 - 2018
Sept 25 Reconnecting and Sharing Stories
An opportunity to share match and placement stories
and ask questions about adoption.
Oct 30 Just for Dads (and “dads to be”)
Here is an opportunity for the men to come together to talk about adoption, with a little less estrogen in the room!
Nov 27 Guest Speaker: Lesley Cee (Adoptive Parent)
Discussion on racism and discrimination. Parenting a child of a minority culture.
Dec 18 Adult Holiday Social
This will be a time to celebrate the holiday season, and support those who are waiting. Join us for a potluck and some casual conversation.
Jan 22 Guest Speaker: Kevin Ruddell,
Mental Illness/Mental Health
Feb 26 Adoptive Parents, Birthfamilies and Adoptees
An opportunity for all members of the adoption circle to come together to ask questions and share stories.
March 26 Managingthe Wait
With wait times for an adoption placements increasing we recognize the importance of supporting our waiting couples through this part of their journey. Strategies and resources for managing the wait will be shared and discussed.
April 30 Post Match and Placement Navigation
Discussion about what happens after being matched and placed. Consents, Post placement visits, EI, AHC#, Birth Certificates, passports, adoptive breastfeeding, etc.
May 28 Talking About Adoption with your Child
Discussion about how to share your child’s adoption story with him/her. Advice and feedback from the experts themselves. Adoptees age 7+ are invited to attend this meeting with a parent.
June Adoption Options' Annual Family Picnic
Edworthy Park All are welcome!
Edmonton Adoptive Parent and Waiting Parents Group
The Edmonton group is facilitated by Barb Keppy. If you have any questions regarding the group, please contact her at email@example.com.
Edmonton Meeting Schedule
Meetings are held monthly throughout the year.
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: AO office boardroom
#304, 10109 106 St Edmonton, AB
Edmonton 2017 - 2018
With summer holidays behind us, I hope you got a chance to take some time off to enjoy some time of relaxation. I am sure you are back in the daily routine of life and we are doing the same at Adoption Options with the Adoptive Parent support group starting up. Below are some topics for the upcoming months. As you know, I am always open to ideas that interest you with respect to adoption. Although, I am still confirming some dates, I thought we could start with getting together on September 28 at 7pm to reconnect...
Sept 28 Let’s Reconnect
This evening gives us an opportunity to come together to share stories, ask questions, share ideas for upcoming topics and generally, get reacquainted with one another. Hoping you can join us that evening. Please send your RSVP to Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other topics for the year are as follows (dates TBC):
● Understanding Indigenous Culture ● I Had Hoped to Be a Parent By Now ● Holiday social ● Helping My Child Talk About Their Adoption ● Considering Adopting an Older Child or Sibling Group ● The Adoption Circle Comes Together ● Celebrating Cultural Diversity ●
The adoptive parent support group is open to all our families on our active waiting list, as well as families who have been connected to Adoption Options over the months/years.
June Adoption Options Annual Family Picnic
There are no upcoming events at this time.