About ASCS

Our Resources

Our team

Our History

What We Do

We offer comprehensive support and education services through all stages of the adoption process. Whether you’re a birth parent exploring options, a prospective parent looking into adoption, an adoptee seeking reunion or support, or anywhere in between, ASCS is here to assist.

What Drives Us

We believe that adoption education is important to the success of adoptive families. Knowledge about current practices in adoption dispels myths and helps families and our larger community understand the process and impact of adoption today.

When adoption becomes the plan for a child we believe the child’s best interests are met when families are well-equipped with a broad understanding of adoption and the issues that may arise along the journey. Knowing what resources are available to support the child throughout his or her life within an adoptive family is essential from the start.

What is Permanency and Why is it Important?

Permanency is an expansive term, with many important factors. The definition of permanency includes adoption, legal guardianship and kinship care. ASCS supports all forms of permanency. A Permanent connection with at least one committed adult who provides a safe, stable, and secure parenting relationship, unconditional commitment and lifelong love and support is crucial for every child. We emphasize the importance of cultural competency in any permanency relationship.

Our Resources

Our extensive range of resources provides those with a connection to adoption with appropriate information for their specific needs, support in their process through the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program, ASCS support groups, the ASCS Library, our mentoring program and much more.

Carol Bothwell Library

The Adoption Support Centre is home to the ASCS Carol Bothwell Library, an extensive Resource Centre which houses one of the largest adoption-related libraries in Canada. It offers information on all aspects of adoption and related topics for adults, children, professionals and students. The Carol Bothwell Library is a substantial resource for Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina students working on projects or bachelor and masters programs. An ASCS membership to the library allows for members to borrow books which are then mailed via Canada Post with all postage paid including book returns. Learn more about our library.

Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

We host and facilitate a number of adoption-related events. These events provide training and information on relevant, current topics of interest to the adoption community at large. Past conferences have brought renowned experts such as Cindy Blackstock, Deborah Gray, Patricia Irwin Johnston and Dr. Denise Goodman to Saskatchewan. See what’s coming up in our calendar!

Domestic Adoption Orientation Program

ASCS offers a domestic adoption, pre-adoption preparation program called the Domestic Adoption Orientation Program (DAO). This program is mandated by the Ministry of Social Services as a pre-application requirement for individuals or couples who are interested in adopting a child/children who is/are in the care of the Ministry of Social Services. All individuals who want to adopt domestically are required to participate in the DAO prior to being formally referred to the Ministry of Social Services to proceed with their Domestic Adoption Application. Learn more about the DAO Program.

Our Team

Leah Deans, Resource Director

Leah has been with ASCS for 17 years. Her experience as an adoptive parent gives her a unique perspective in providing services to adoptive families. Leah is a strong advocate for families and children and believes in the value of parenting education, permanency and supports. In addition, her many years with ASCS makes her a vital part of the team. Leah is the key person to turn to for adoption information and resources.

Rossita Parra, Program Coordinator

Rossita has been with ASCS for over 1 year. She volunteers her time as a Saskatoon Police Service Victim Services Support Worker & with Fitness 2J2 as a Fitness Coach specifically for Children’s Triathlons. She is very passionate about helping others. She brings a lot of knowledge and experience and is a strong supporter of children and families. Rossita provides professional and caring support to our clients through the DAO program, ASCS workshops, and leads the Youth Speak Out (YSO) team.

Samantha McRorie, Family Development Coordinator

Samantha joined ASCS in September 2017. She completed her SW practicum placement at ASCS and is currently the Family Development Coordinator. Samantha helps ACSC clients navigate adoption options and takes an active role in providing members with workshops, presentations, coordinating events and working with clients in the Domestic Adoption Orientation program.

Sylvia Cholodnuik, Executive Director

Sylvia joined ASCS in March of 2016. She was previously employed with the Ministry of Social Services and has extensive experience in management and organizational development. Sylvia is an active volunteer within our community and abroad and has a keen interest in grassroots development, leadership, and community building. Sylvia’s time overseas was focused on supporting health and education systems which directly impact women and children in a remote rural area in Zimbabwe.

Geanne Krawchuk, Administrative Assistant

Geanne joined ASCS in August of 2019. She completed her B.A in Psychology in the fall of 2017 from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently completing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology through the University of Yorkville. She is passionate about helping others in the mental health field using the biopsychosocial model of counselling to understand complex challenges that individuals encounter. Geanne is a volunteer within the community and an advocate for community programs and services. Her role is to assist the ASCS team with day to day tasks that help the organization to meet the needs of our clients.

Why the triangles?

In the world of adoption the triangle (sometimes a triangle intertwined with a heart) and sometimes a circle, has traditionally been used as a symbol that represents the adoption journey and the key relationships within it. It does not encompass every aspect of the journey but it does highlight three of the key persons) involved – the adoptee, the birth parent(s), and the adoptive parent(s). Each side of the triangle represents the relationship between those key person(s). The triangle displays the interconnectedness and interdependence within adoption.