A huge thank you to Alberta Culture and Tourism for supporting our efforts in Community Outreach, as our Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating Grant funding for 2016-2017 comes to a conclusion.
With the support of this grant, we have conducted dozens of meetings, in-services and information sessions about open adoption with professionals and staff who support those facing an unplanned pregnancy, with a focus on our vulnerable population. These professionals now have a better understanding of adoption as a positive option and of the services Adoption Options offers. We have participated in several conferences and showcases where we connected with and provided adoption information to medical, social services, educational and adoption professionals and guests. The grant funding enabled us to reach out to over 250 agencies and organizations throughout Alberta and provide them with information and brochures. Our goal is to ensure anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy has accurate information about adoption as an option, and awareness that Adoption Options offers professional option counselling to support decision-making.
The CIP grant funded 28 Adoption Awareness sessions in Alberta high school classrooms reaching hundreds of students, ensuring young people have accurate information about open adoption and counselling services available, so they can make an informed decision if they find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy at any time in their lives. Students engage in positive adoption language and understanding, reducing the stigma of adoption. High School Counselling and Wellness Centres now have brochures available for staff and sudents seeking information about adoption, option counselling and the support offered by Adoption Options.
Thank you to the Government of Alberta for helping us increase our community presence and connections in so many ways - raising awareness, advancing education, dispelling myths and creating important community partnerships. We couldn’t have done all of this without the support of the funding.
The CIP Operating Grant supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:
- Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues,
- Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans, and
- Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues