When I was a teenager of just 15 I became pregnant with my first child. When I look back I remember feeling very scared of what the future would bring for both myself and my child. I had an amazing group of friends who helped me through all the feelings and possibilities. I knew that I would want to place my child up for adoption and was very proud of my decision. As time went on, I made sure that everyone in my life knew about this daughter that I would hope one day to meet. This story was never to be a secret to have or to hide. Everyone I knew would know about this story. Then the day came when her mom, called. For my 33rd birthday I received the most amazing gift. I got to meet her. To discover that she is so much like me and at the same time so much not. Over the next 16 years we have grown to know each other as friends. I am not her mom as she has the most amazing one and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I would like to think that our story is the norm for adoption stories. But it is uniquely ours.
The Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan provides pre- and post-adoption support services, including consultation, education, resources and more. ASCS provides these supports and programs to adoptive families, adoptees, birth parents, birth families and professionals. When adoption becomes the plan for a child, ASCS believes 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 their life within an adoptive family is essential from the start.