Spring has arrived and as we are enjoying this beautiful weather, we are reminded that this season is a time for renewal, growth and celebrating the cycle of life. It’s been a busy start to the year, working with many birthparents throughout the province who are considering making an adoption plan for their children (see current placement stats). In the cycle of renewal and growth, we recently bid Calgary social worker, Valeria Raposo, a fond good-bye and best wishes in her career and life journey. And we welcomed a new team member.
Welcome Melinda Lambardo
We are thrilled to welcome Melinda to our team. After graduating from the University of Calgary in 2015 with her Bachelor ofSocial Work, Melinda’s interest in working with children and families flourished. This passion led her to work with community agencies offering family support with newborns, as well as foster care -- which then further inspired her interest in Adoption Options. Melinda joined us in March, and has already immersed herself in working with adoptive families and birthparents. She’s looking forward to the meaningful people and experiences that are to come. Please be sure to say hi when you are in the Calgary office.
Annual Family Picnics - Volunteers Needed!
We are so excited about our 2016 Family Picnics in Calgary and Edmonton! They are going to be the biggest and best ever, thanks to our generous sponsor, Federated Co-operatives Ltd. Mark your calendars to join us and other waiting, adoptive and birth families as we come together for an afternoon chock full of fun, games and fabulous food. The annual picnics are volunteer-run, and we are looking for coordinators and assistants in both cities. Most jobs are small and require only a few hours of commitment. Please contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org (Calgary), and Barb at email@example.com (Edmonton) for more information and volunteer opportunities.
Save the date:
Calgary: Sunday, June 12 (11am – 3pm)
Edmonton: Saturday, June 4 (11am – 4pm)
International Adoption Events
Check out these two upcoming events for prospective, waiting and adoptive international families...
International Adoption Information Session:
Are you considering pursuing an international adoption? Join us at Adoption Options’ Edmonton office the evening of April 12. More information about the session and registration available at www.adoptionoptions.com/international-adoption.
Post Adoption Challenges: Connection, Care and Community:
This six session seminar series is offered in Calgary through April and May, with presenters Terra Bovingdon and Leanne Shannon. Additional information about the topics, presenters and registration here.
National Volunteer Week
April 10-16 is National Volunteer week, and we want to acknowledge the contributions of our many volunteers at Adoption Options, and celebrate the power of volunteerism. WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU! From event coordination and execution, website development, video production, to fundraising and administrative work .... the list is extensive. We are truly grateful for all the time, energy and commitment our volunteers have given us out of the goodness of their hearts.
More Volunteer Opportunities...
In addition to Family Picnic volunteers (above), we are currently looking for a volunteer coordinator, and support volunteers with expertise in areas of IT, website development/management and legal background. We are also always happy to connect with birthparents and adoptive parents who are willing to share their stories at events, conferences, schools, churches, etc. Please contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org to further explore these opportunities.
Thank you all for your continued support of Adoption Options and the work that we do.
All the best to you and your families!