Founded in 2014, Adopt4Life - Ontario’s Adoptive Parent Association, has grown into a thriving community of people with lived experience of adoption or permanency caregiving. They serve awaiting parents, adoptive parents and kin and customary caregivers. The organization works to prevent disruption--when a family breaks down and children return to foster care—by offering advocacy, one-on-one crisis support with local staff, online peer support groups, interactive webinars, buddy and mentor matching, monthly in-person meet-ups, adoption news and research updates, and family events.
A common misconception about adoption is that when a child is placed in a family, everyone gets their happy ending. We take immense joy in our families, and we believe adoption is a beautiful thing. But it can also be a trial by fire into the world of trauma-informed, therapeutic parenting.
We provide support to parents and caregivers through an interconnected network of parent liaisons and online support groups. We have main and special-focus support groups too, for communities within our community, for example: dads, single parents, LGBTQ2S+ families, families raising a child with First Nations, Metis or Inuit heritage, interracial/transracial, and families committed to nurturing openness with their child’s biological family. Through our supports and advocacy work, we help create resilient families.
Adopt4Life collaborates with partner organizations to ensure every family has the best possible services and supports. Our services are free, and we operate as a not-for-profit organization, with charitable status. At Adopt4Life, we believe in the power of family and permanency to help children and youth meet their potential.
Your gift directly supports families formed through adoption and kin and customary care. When adoptive parents and caregivers are struggling; when they are working on forming secure attachments; when they are helping their child through grief, loss and trauma; when they’re feeling isolated and alone; and when they need help accessing critical supports and services for their children, Adopt4Life is there. Whether you or your loved ones want to give once or give monthly, we can provide a charitable tax receipt. Your gift will make a powerful and immediate impact in helping all children thrive in families.