Adoption Options hosts annual family picnics in Calgary and Edmonton every June for families connected to Adoption Options. These events are looked forward to by our families as it's a day our families come together for a BBQ lunch, games, laughter and fun times. 

32nd Annual Family Picnics

Edmonton: Sunday, June 4, 2017    11am - 2pm
Cloverdale Hall (with playground and spray park)
9411 – 97 Avenue NW

We hope many of you will again come out for this annual event.  It’s a wonderful day to come together as families who have or in the process of creating your family through adoption.  Please invite your child’s birthparents as well. There will be crafts, face painting, and clowns (courtesy of the Victoria School's High School drama students). 

As we will be again having a potluck, a Sign-Up Genius page has been created by one of our wonderful volunteers, so please find your way to that page to RSVP and slot yourself in for one of the spaces open to bring food to share or to set up/clean up.  Drinks will be provided, as well as the paper products.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044aa4aa22aafd0-2017   

This year, in place of one photographer taking photos, we are asking that you capture moments of the day and send them to us, which you would be comfortable having placed on our website and Facebook page.

Calgary: Sunday, June 11, 2017    11am - 3pm
Edworthy Park, Site 2 (view park map)
5050 Spruce Dr SW

The Calgary picnic will be held the following weekend at Edworthy Park. We will have a BBQ in the park,  enjoy a bouncy castle along with crafts and games and good times with family and friends. Everyone welcome... bring your parents and grandparents, and please invite your child's birth family to join the fun.  Calgary invitation

Calgary has had amazing volunteers over the years, and once again is looking to our families to plan and organize the day. Please RSVP to let us know you are coming, and sign up to help out (volunteers needed): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49afaf28a75-32nd 

We are pleased to be supported by The Federated Co-operatives Ltd. which has granted Adoption Options funding and gift cards for food and supplies for this event.

Looking forward to many of you joining us at either event.

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Our 31st Annual Picnics (2016) were so much fun!

An amazing time was had by all who attended our picnics in Edmonton and Calgary! The weather was perfect (even hot!) and we all enjoyed the sunshine and outdoors. The kids played in the park, created crafts, got face-painted, and went crazy in the bouncy castles... while the adults re-connected with old friends and found new ones. Over two hundred big and little guests feasted on the delicious BBQ fare and yummy potluck contributions at the two picnics! We didn't want the days to end!

Thanks to all our amazing waiting, adoptive and birth families for your time and effort that made these events such a success. Special appreciation to our Calgary Coordinator (Chandra) and Edmonton's Coordinating Team (Andrea, Cindy, Sheila, Taya), as well as ALL the shoppers, site set-up workers, BBQ chefs, craft and game facilitators, face-painters, roving photographers... the list goes on and on. Thanks to everyone for contributing such wonderful food to the tables. Our appreciation is beyond words as we certainly could not do this without you! 

Many thanks to Federated Co-operatives Limited for their generous sponsorship of our 2016 picnics.

Adventures from Past Picnics: Calgary

We were all holding our collective breath as we watched the dodgy weather forecast in the week coming up to the annual Adoption Options' Calgary picnic but fortunately, Mother Nature gave us glorious sunshine! Even a mix-up with the picnic site at Edworthy Park didn't dampen the day - our intrepid organizers just shifted their plans and carried on!

Birth and adoptive families gathered to enjoy good food, games, bubbles, and the ever-popular bouncy castle. We also had some special guests for a visit this year. Carly Weasel Child, Calgary Stampede Indian Princess mingled and handed out paper crowns while the Calgary Stampede Welcome Committee greeted and 'branded' picnickers with a stamp as they arrived.

Kudos to all our volunteers, who were so generous with their time and efforts! Chrissy Fraser, Stacy Buckland, Candace Hildebrand, and Michelle French pulled everything together, with Kyle Fraser, Jeff Van Wyk, and Trent Hildebrand adeptly tending the grill. Great big thanks also to our generous sponsors Blush Lanes, Spolumbo's, Superstore, and Weston Bakeries.

Adoption Options 29th Annual Picnic: Edmonton

June 1st marked the 29th annual Adoption Options Edmonton Picnic, held this year at Cloverdale Hall. Not only was the turn out exceptional, the weather also cooperated, allowing all the families (and especially the children) attending to get outside and enjoy the playground and spray park adjacent to the hall. In addition to the outdoor activities available, there was a variety of crafts set up inside the hall giving everyone an opportunity to have fun. The face painter, Jennifer Poburan, a working artist in Edmonton, did an incredible job. There were more fairy princesses, butterflies, robots and Spidermen running around than you could count!

We were excited that so many people attended the picnic, including families who were created through adoption, birth families, parents in waiting, and extended family members. One of the activities at this year’s picnic was a painting of a tree to which every one was invited to contribute a thumbprint, reflecting how everyone comes together in the best interest of a child. Those attending were also encouraged to add words of kindness for those families still waiting. These inspiring and hopeful messages were written on petals, making up a beautiful flower. The messages of hope, encouragement and support left for parents in waiting were truly touching and inspiring to see, reminding all of us that with time, anything is possible.

This year’s picnic also marked the end of Kelley Clark’s career with Adoption Options. A beautiful and tasty gluten and dairy free cake was made by Tita Cherry’s Bakeshop and presented to Kelley, and those in attendance were invited to share a few words about the impact she has had on their lives. A display of branches allowed guests to write down their best wishes for Kelley in this next part of her journey. Kelley’s years of dedication can be seen in the lives she has touched and the relationships she has built, which was reflected by the strong attendance at this year’s picnic as everyone wanted the opportunity to say thank-you and good-bye. You will be missed, Kelley!

Adoption Options would like to extend a big thank you to Valerie and Mark Bielenda, who graciously donated their time and energy for planning, organizing and acquiring donations to make this picnic the best it could be. We would also like to thank Tim Murdock and Mike DeJong for donating their barbeques and grill skills, and Carmen and Nicholai Kristel for acting as roving photographers to document the event. Without all your efforts, this picnic would not have been possible! A big thank you to all those that brought food and supplies, as well as those who donated their time to help set up the hall and clean up afterward, particularly the Garlinski and Sundby families. We greatly appreciate all your efforts! Also, thank you to Save-On-Foods, Jasper Avenue; Safeway, Manning Crossing; and Costco, Sherwood Park and St. Albert for their donations.