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Youth Speak Out Podcast

Youth Speak Out Podcast

These are two podcasts that were done with members of our Youth Speak Out Team in collaboration with the First Nations University (Youth Voices Today). The purpose of the podcasts is to profile the importance of youth mental health and well-being during these...

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

The Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan is hiring for a Family Development Coordinator!

Give a hand to writing: Doing a journal is engaging

Give a hand to writing: Doing a journal is engaging

In 2017, at the age of 37, I began the process of trying to get pregnant through IUI with donor sperm. Though my fertility was given a good prognosis, I had three unsuccessful attempts. It’s common to have to try up to six times, or more, before obtaining a successful...

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Mastery & Control

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Mastery & Control

All of the unidentified, un-named, unacknowledged and un-grieved losses can create intense feelings of powerlessness and loss of control. Mastery over one’s life circumstances has been lost at some point by all members of the constellation. Everyone lost some power...

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Intimacy

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Intimacy

Intimacy requires an individual to know who they are and what they need in relationships and believe that they have value. Individuals’ most primary motivation is the drive to belong and learn how to get their emotional needs met through human connections. Intimate...

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Identity

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Identity

If constellation members have acknowledged and identified their losses, examined feelings or fears of rejection, become aware of any issues connected to shame and guilt, and addressed their grief process, they have the opportunity to build a cohesive identity that...

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Grief

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Grief

The profound losses that created feelings or fears of rejection, which led to the emotions of shame and guilt, must be grieved. Adoption and permanency losses are too often left unnamed, unacknowledged, and ungrieved. The losses may be difficult to acknowledge and...

7 Core Issues in Adoption. & Permanency: Shame & Guilt

7 Core Issues in Adoption. & Permanency: Shame & Guilt

Rejection leads to feelings of shame and/or guilt. Shame and guilt impact an individual’s self-esteem and self-worth and may create anxiety. Shame is maladaptive, while guilt is generally an adaptive emotion. Shame relates to self, guilt to others. Shame is the...

7 Core Issues in Adoption. & Permanency: Rejection

7 Core Issues in Adoption. & Permanency: Rejection

Constellation members’ core losses are most often experienced as a form of social rejection. Rejection is a perceived loss of social acceptance, group inclusion or a sense of belonging. Rejection can be real, imagined, or implied. People get their most basic needs met...

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Loss

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency: Loss

Loss begins the journey. It is crisis and/or trauma that create the circumstances that lead to the necessity of adoption and permanency. The crises of an unplanned pregnancy, rape, incest, poverty, addiction, divorce, mental illness, war or a country’s crisis that...

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency

7 Core Issues in Adoption & Permanency

From:  North American Council on Adoptable Children www.nacac.org Adoption, foster and kinship care are important resources for addressing the needs of children in crisis. The majority of adoptions today originate from foster care and kinship caregiving, which...

Picture This

Picture This

We decided to do something a little different this year. We started the year off with a team-building exercise before youth trained for the Youth Speak Out (YSO) training in the beginning of October. We reached out to Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming...

International adoption has a world of challenges

International adoption has a world of challenges

By Sarah BoettcherAdoptive mom from B.C. My husband and I adopted 18-month-old twin boys from Zambia. I work as a nurse and I’d watched as colleagues who gave birth to their children were able to take a full year of maternity leave, with a union top-up. My income, as...

Growing Concern

Growing Concern

In Canada, biological parents are entitled to a longer parental leave than adoptive parents, kin caregivers, and customary caregivers. But research shows adopted children need more time to attach. Time to Attach is a research and advocacy campaign lobbying for 15 more...

Celebrate Adoption Awareness Month!

Celebrate Adoption Awareness Month!

Email it..... Put a short message about Adoption Awareness Month in your email signature. Add links to our homepage www.adoptionsask.org www.adoptionoptions.com Adoption Awareness page www.adoptionoptions.com/adoption-awareness-month/ And/or our video...

What a year; such promise for more

What a year; such promise for more

Greetings from all of us at ASCS. As 2019 draws to a close, the board of directors, staff and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The season provides us with the opportunity to take time out of our full schedules to spend with loved ones, reflect on the year’s...

Leading includes following

Leading includes following

A few years back I was working on a project in a remote area of Zimbabwe. I was walking with the children to Mazwi Primary School and making a mental note of how I got there so I could find my way back to Tshelanyemba. I’m directionally challenged, at best. I spent...

Introducing our new brand and website!

Introducing our new brand and website!

Greetings from all of us at ASCS. We are very excited to let you in on some changes within the Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan. It’s been an eventful spring, summer and fall. It all started with funding approval from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social...

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