Support Adoption Options
There are many ways to support the work of Adoption Options. Donate, contribute in-kind services, sponsor an event or volunteer. You can make a difference in the lives of women struggling with unplanned pregnancies, couples wishing to realize their dream of creating a family, and children touched by adoption. When we work together, we can accomplish great things!
Cash Donations. Adoption Options is a not-for-profit agency and a registered charity. We receive no funding from the government. And we strive very hard to keep fees for adoptive parents affordable. Your donations help us provide many excellent professional services in the adoption community free of charge, including:
adoption awareness displays and presentations
education and awareness programs for professionals who work with expectant parents facing an unplanned pregnancy and parents who are struggling with parenting and considering their options
birthparent and adoptive parent support group meetings
Did you know ... that many companies match donations that employees give to registered charities? That some will match volunteers hours with donated funds? Perhaps yours does!
Did you know ... that you can designate your United Way contribution to be directed to Adoption Options? Many families are taking advantage of this program annually to support us.
Did you know ... that you can turn your vehicle into generous dollars to support Adoption Options. Donate a Car Canada will accept your vehicle for donation - old or new - running or not! Click here to donate your car.
Services. We are in particular need of in-kind services to support our Community Outreach Program. Through outreach initiatives we are educating and partnering with many varied professionals working with those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Currently we are looking for in-kind assistance to offset the costs of printed materials - brochures, business cards, posters, displays and banners. We would also love to update our videos for use at conferences, seminars, and support groups.
Professional Expertise of many kinds are needed from time to time: from lawyers, communications and public relations experts, to strategic planners, graphic designers and facilitators.
Sponsor an Event
Adoption Options hosts three main events each year in Calgary and Edmonton: Birthmothers' Day Ceremony, Family Picnics, and our Spread the Love fundraiser at Theatre Calgary. These events rely on donated prizes and auction item as well as sponsorships. Consider asking your company to support us with a donation of items, or through a corporate sponsorship.
Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering with Adoption Options provides wonderful opportunities to make a difference in someone's life. You can be part of a team, share your experience, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. Some of our volunteer opportunities include:
Event Volunteers. We can always use an extra helping hand to put on our special events. These events are successful because of the time and effort contributed by so many volunteers through planning, organizing, getting sponsors and donations, selling raffle tickets, greeting guests as they arrive, etc. We can match your interests to our opportunities.
Spread the Word. Our community outreach volunteers help educate and inform professionals and the public about adoption. Our volunteers partner with Adoption Options' staff at high school classroom discussions, display booths and other community outreach events, and give a voice to the many birthparents, adoptive parents and adoptees. They offer connections in their own communities, distributing pamphlets and agency materials to local coffee shops, libraries, schools and other public posting venues. Volunteers may also assist with and contribute to newsletters and social media.
Friends of Adoption Options
Friends of Adoption Options (FOAO) is a volunteer group with a mission to enable and energize the delivery of the services of Adoption Options. We do that by planning events, raising funds and helping to increase awareness about open adoption in the province of Alberta. Our FOAO volunteers coordinate and deliver all these support initiatives. Join our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1875298759168533/. This space serves as a forum to collaborate and plan volunteering and fundraising efforts for Adoption Options.
The Need for Support: Adoption Options strives to keep fees to adoptive families as low as possible to ensure adoption is reasonably affordable. We do not charge fees to birth parents at any time. And we receive absolutely no government funding. The many services we offer in our community we do for free because we believe in the value of advocacy and education. We continue to do what we can do with the staff we have, always stretching ourselves to do more and dreaming of the day we can do it all.
We are grateful to you in whatever way you choose to make a difference - no matter what form it comes in - a small or large donation, a gift of time or expertise, or just those special words of appreciation for the work we do.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!