Jenna was born and raised in Saskatoon. She lived in a foster home until she was 5-months-old and then was adopted by her family. With an open adoption, she always knew she was adopted. As relationships with birth family are somewhat untaught and not often positively represented (if at all) in media, her relationships with her birth family members differ. Navigating these relationships can be difficult, but she supports open adoptions and the benefits of understanding your own story and striving to understand the perspectives of others involved in adoption. In university, she met with many of her adopted peers to hear their personal experiences and further understand roles, pressures, and relationships, outside of her personal experience of adoption. She has participated in past Human Libraries as a Reader and looks forward to sharing and hearing about other’s experiences.
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.