My name is Racheal, and I was adopted when I was five years old by my foster family. I had been with them since I was a baby, but I fully understood there was a difference between being a foster kid who called them mom and dad and being “their” kid. A lot of kids came in and out of the doors that called them mom and dad, but I knew that if I was adopted, it meant I got to stay. My mom, dad, brother, and sister were all thrilled to welcome me into the family officially as were all my extended family, aunts, uncles, and cousins. When I was 16 the restrictions around closed adoptions eased and at my request, my mom reached out to my birth mom, Denise, to see if she would like to meet. The timing couldn’t have been better, the next day was her birthday and we went out to dinner. We’ve known each other for 16 years now and while she isn’t a parent to me, she is family and a fantastic friend. I’ve gained a lot more family too, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and great grandparents. I’ve always been very open about being adopted, I know not all stories turn out like mine and just how lucky I am.
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.