Adoption Awareness Month Proclaimed in November

    Join in Celebrating Adoption across British Columbia

    BURNABY, BC, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - November is Adoption Awareness Month in
Canada and the US. AFABC would like to invite you to join us in recognizing
the work of adoption professionals, celebrate adoptive families, raise
awareness and promote dialogue about adoption related issues and BC's Waiting
Children. Throughout the month, AFABC will be hosting a series of events
around BC in honour of Adoption Awareness Month, including a two-day
conference, "Celebrating Family", which includes some of North America's
foremost experts on adoption issues.
    In BC, there are approximately 1,300 children waiting for a permanent
home. The Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC) encourages families to
consider adoption as an option and open their homes to one of BC's many
wait-listed children. "Studies show that having a family is the single most
important determinant of success in adulthood," says Karen Madeiros, executive
director of the AFABC, "Children should not be wait-listed for a Mom or a Dad.
They need the opportunity to grow up in a secure and unconditionally committed
family and become vibrant, contributing members of society."
    Public unawareness and misconceptions are significant barriers to
adoption. Now in its 30th year of supporting adoptive families and children,
AFABC continues to raise awareness about adoption within the community through
workshops, conferences and various activities around BC. AFABC urges everyone
to observe November as Adoption Awareness Month and raise awareness in
communities throughout BC. Adoption is a viable option and offers one of BC's
many waiting children the opportunity for a healthy and promising future.

    The AFABC is a nonprofit organization that supports adoptive families and
promotes adoption. Every year, hundreds of children in BC require loving,
permanent families. The AFABC is dedicated to finding a family for every child
through adoption awareness, education, and support.
    For more information about the AFABC, visit, or call
1-877-ADOPT-07 to learn more about BC's waiting kids.

For further information:

For further information: Mehnaz Thawer, Communications Coordinator,
Adoptive Families Association, (604) 320-7330, ext. 150,

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