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Kamloops families celebrate adoption

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March 08, 2017 - 10:12 AM

Families in Kamloops took part in an exciting kick-off event on March 4 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC).

Eighty-two children and parents joined AFABC, Insight Support Services, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development for this fun event that featured a bouncy castle, face painting, a magician, and a ceremonial cutting of the cake to celebrate 40 years of family.

In 1977, a small group of parents came together around a kitchen table to share ideas, information, and resources about adoption. Back then, adoption was a subject that was "kept quiet," and these parents needed to connect, share their personal stories, and acknowledge that though adoption had its challenges, it was worth it! They knew that other parents also needed the resources and support they had desperately needed. That small group of parents came together to form the Adoptive Families Association of BC.

“Adoption has changed over the last forty years,” says Karen Madeiros, AFABC’s executive director. “Adoption helps to create new social and cultural norms, and continues to find permanent homes for BC’s most vulnerable kids.”

What hasn't changed, is that families still connect with each other for information, support, and resources. And AFABC is still here, 40 years later, to help.

Families in Kamloops took part in an exciting kick-off event on March 4 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC).

82 children and parents joined AFABC, Insight Support Services, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development for this fun event that featured a bouncy castle, face painting, a magician, and a ceremonial cutting of the cake to celebrate 40 years of family.

In 1977, a small group of parents came together around a kitchen table to share ideas, information, and resources about adoption. Back then, adoption was a subject that was "kept quiet," and these parents needed to connect, share their personal stories, and acknowledge that though adoption had its challenges, it was worth it! They knew that other parents also needed the resources and support they had desperately needed. That small group of parents came together to form the Adoptive Families Association of BC.

“Adoption has changed over the last forty years,” says Karen Madeiros, AFABC’s executive director. “Adoption helps to create new social and cultural norms, and continues to find permanent homes for BC’s most vulnerable kids.”

What hasn't changed, is that families still connect with each other for information, support, and resources. And AFABC is still here, 40 years later, to help.

Learn more
View photos of the Kamloops 40th anniversary celebration: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6kq94z3kue6541r/AADHxOHSVh0f0WzK0_UJjHELa?dl=0

To learn more about AFABC’s 40th anniversary and to see a calendar of celebration events: www.bcadoption.com/40years

About the Adoptive Families Association of BC
Since 1977, AFABC has been dedicated to finding families for children and youth and also to providing groundbreaking programs that support the entire adoption community. The Adopt BC Kids Information Line, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Speak-Out Youth Group, AgedOut.com, Focus on Adoption magazine—all are designed to raise adoption awareness, support children and youth who are waiting for families, and to help families get ready and stay steady throughout their adoption journey.

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