Adoptive Parent and Waiting Couples Groups
The Adoptive Parent Support Group is an open, ongoing and supportive group sponsored by Adoption Options for our adoptive parents and waiting couples. It 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. 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
Note: Meetings have been moved Monday this year
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
NEW LOCATION: State and Main @ Chinook Centre
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 12 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 10 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
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.
October 26 I Had Hoped to Be a Parent by Now
The wait has been long and it’s hard to remain hopeful. This evening to is come together to support one another, share ways of remaining hopeful and ask questions about the process.
November 23: Understanding Indigenous Culture
Guest ~ Ingrid T.
December 13: Holiday social
January 15: Helping My Child Talk About Their Adoption
February 21: Considering Adopting an Older Child or Sibling Group
March 22: The Adoption Circle Comes Together
April 28: Celebrating Cultural Diversity
May 12: Birthmother’s Day
May 24: TBA
June 2: Adoption Options Annual Family Picnic
There are no upcoming events at this time.