Adoption Options strives to provide more choice and increased control for women placing their children for adoption. In 1985 we pioneered open adoption in Alberta, and to this day we work tirelessly to bring children together with loving families, while providing compassionate support for anyone seeking guidance during an unplanned pregnancy.
We focus on programs and services to support International, Private-Direct and Domestic Open Adoption. We believe wholeheartedly that adoption is a positive option for babies, children, birth parents and adoptive parents. We are creating families through adoption in safe, loving and forever homes for any child in need.
With beginnings rooted in adoption support for pregnant women, Adoption Options has long been providing needed support for birthmothers. In 1985, we brought together our first family, and have since paired over 2000 children with loving families through our international and domestic adoption programs.
Adoption Options provides information, choice and ongoing support to anyone experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, those struggling with parenting and considering making an adoption plan and prospective parents looking to adopt.
We believe adoption can be a positive option for everyone involved, but we also know that every adoption is unique. Our values ensure that children, birth parents and adoptive parents will all be supported and cared for every step of the way.
Since 1985, we have brought together over 2000 children with loving families through international and domestic adoption programs. We facilitate between 25 and 50 domestic adoptions each year, the largest licensed agency with the longest history of professional adoption practice.
Adoption Options knows that adoption can be a positive option for everyone in the adoption circle. We have a strong belief in open adoption because we know that people handle their lives and destinies best through continual truth and honesty, though we know every adoption is unique and no set plan works for everyone
As a group of passionate professionals, our combined life and work experience ensures we are able to provide the open, ethical support needed for anyone who is pregnant, a parent, or starting their adoption journey. We offer an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and honesty.
We know the adoption process can be both positive and painful. We offer dedicated, unbiased support to the birth family and adoptive families. There is loss on every side, but rest assured we have the tools, knowledge and experience to assist with such a personal, life-changing decision.
Our team offers caring, compassionate support because we get what you’re going through. We’re unique because our founders and many of our staff are birth parents, adoptive parents or adopted persons. They bring their personal passion to their careers at Adoption Options while also serving the broader adoption community as well.
I have been connected to Adoption Options since 1990, as I first came to the agency as a client dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Working with a professional social worker who provided a safe and non-judgmental environment for me to make a plan for my son and myself was incredibly impactful. I became a social worker and initially worked in Child Welfare as a case manager. In 2003, I was thrilled to join the AO team. My husband Steve and I have a beautiful little girl and an amazing relationship with my birth son and his family. I believe adoption is not for everyone, but a positive option to be considered. What I value most about Adoption Options is the incredible team of colleagues that I have the privilege of working with every day. They are dedicated to providing professional and caring services to every person who walks through our doors.
I have been working for Adoption Options for over 30 years and have been Program Director for the International Program since 2008. Adopting internationally has become more complex and challenging over the past few years, and helping applicants manage these complexities is a large component of my work. I find helping couples and single applicants realize their dream of becoming parents, or perhaps parents to another child, to be extremely rewarding and satisfying. I most particularly enjoy working with families in the completion of international post placement reports and learning how the child and the family is transitioning to becoming a family or larger family. I value the gift the children are to their new family, home, community, and country and feel fortunate to be part of this process.
My accent gives away the fact I was born outside of Canada; however, having lived in Calgary and other parts of Canada for many years I have embodied much of the spirit of what it means to be Canadian, and enjoy participating in many Canadian rituals and traditions. My husband and I are parents to three sons, and we have been blessed to welcome new members into our clan as they introduce us to the special women in their lives. We love celebrating as a family and much of our leisure time is spent exploring Canada’s wonderful backyard outdoor playground (the impossibly scenic Rocky Mountains) allowing us to create a deeper connection to the natural world, where we enjoy hiking and cheering and supporting everyone along in their rock and ice climbing and trail and ultra running pursuits. We also love the Okanagan region in British Columbia and have been known to hike there and visit a winery or two.
Led to the Social Work profession from her own experience of being a Birthmother, Erika always dreamed of a career with Adoption Options. Since acquiring her Social Work education in 2004, Erika’s professional experience has always centered around working with children and families. In 2012, Erika formally joined the Adoption Options team and over the past decade has worked as a social worker in both the Calgary and Edmonton offices. Most recently, Erika took on a leadership role with AO as Domestic Program Supervisor. Erika’s heart and passion is in open adoption practice, and she deeply values the courage, resilience, and love that is lived by every member of the adoption circle.
In her personal life, Erika is a mother to two great kids, a wife, daughter, sister, and friend.
My journey to Adoption Options began when I realized that I wanted to work in a capacity where I could support the children, youth and families in my community. This led me to obtain my BSW at the University of Victoria, and it was through my studies that I was introduced to the world of adoption. What really caught my attention was the concept of open adoption, and as I started to reflect on it more I quickly realized that adoption is something that so many of us have a connection to. I started my work in community organizations working with youth, and then ventured on to explore roles where I engaged in family support. Through my school work and experience I quickly developed a desire and passion to grow within adoption; which makes me so thrilled to be joining the AO team. I strongly believe that all definitions and means of “family” are to be valued and cherished, and truly look forward to learning, growing and connecting with this community.
Heather has been a registered social worker for 21 years working across many areas including with youth at risk, in adult addictions and mental health, with people living with HIV/AIDS, and in social work regulation and association. Heather is a mother to three, a partner, a daughter, sister, friend, and colleague. Heather has been with Adoption Options since 2015 as a contract home study writer. In 2019, Heather competed her third year BSW practicum in house at Adoption Options and has since had the opportunity to move into a part-time in-house position. Heather believes that it is a privilege to be a social worker because you on the front lines of someone’s story. It has been a great joy for Heather to be a part of the AO team for these last six years and she looks forward to continued learning and growing with the birthparents and families at AO.
I graduated from MacEwan University in 2015, I tried out a few different Social Work roles until I stumbled upon Adoption Options via the ACSW website. I was initially drawn to the ALL options counselling that AO offers to anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or anyone that is struggling with parenting. Offering women all of their options gives them choice and that is deeply important to me. I was lucky enough to be offered an interview with Sheryl and I began working for Adoption Options in October 2018. I worked primarily in the domestic program out of the Edmonton office until October 2019 when I was given the opportunity to work in the international adoption program as well. I feel lucky to be able to work in both programs and to be part of such a loving, dedicated and passionate team of women.
I completed my BSW at Macewan University in June of 2019 and quickly found myself pulled towards working with youth. After some reflection, I decided it felt like the right time to explore other areas of social work. After seeing the job posting with AO I knew I had to apply. The experiences I’ve had in my education and career thus far have really challenged and broadened my understanding of family and connection. What a privilege it is to walk alongside individuals during some of their most difficult moments. I look forward to learning and growing with all of you!
On a personal note, I enjoy spending time at home with my cats, or being out and about with family and friends. I especially love spending time at the lake in the warmer months. I recently started kickboxing which has been an incredible challenge so far. In addition to throwing punches, after an 8 year break, I made the decision to pursue my passion for Ukrainian dance again.
From leaving school to my early 20’s I worked in the Oil industry. After a few years I realized that I wanted more from my 9-5 job and help people, so I went into Nursing. I spent many years on a variety of wards until I applied for a position with the Children’s Hospital Home Care Team. Here, I worked with some truly inspiring children who had life limited illnesses and our role was to support them at home during the night so the family could have respite, knowing there little one was safe and well cared for. This was more than a job for me, I loved working with the children and their families, it made me really appreciate the small gifts in life.
Moving to Canada, I worked in accounting for three years and then I saw this position advertised and it called to me. I speak with families daily and have had the opportunity to meet a family or two. The Team here is a wonderful bunch, who have made me feel extremely welcome. Everyday is very busy and varied and I look forward to getting to know more you in the upcoming months.
I am thrilled to work for Adoption Options – I love being a part of building these unique families. I am parenting four children (mostly happily) and playing piano in my small stretches of free time. I also enjoy reading. I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and prior to becoming a parent worked as a front-line social worker at Adoption Options. I now enjoy working part-time behind the scenes supporting the administrative demands of the agency.
I can’t express my feelings that how thrilled I am to join the AO team. It is such a privilege to be a part of a team who deliver happiness to many families.
Recently, I have moved from New Zealand and hoping to make Calgary my new home. I am very excited to make new connections and start my new life with you all.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Welcoming Sawyer into our family was THE most joyous time in our lives and one of the most heartbreaking of times. As much as we anticipated and played out how happy this day would be for us, it was truly one of the happiest and hardest days of our lives. It has only been 6 months and so far he has done remarkably well adjusting to his new life with us, in his new home, new country and new language.