In the province of Ontario (Canada), the week beginning on the third Sunday of November is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The goal is to promote safe schools and a positive learning environment. School was not a safe place for the maiden last week. She was again a victim of bullying. In the past it has … Continue reading Breaking Bad Bullying Behaviour
Many people have asked me the same question: Do I regret adopting the maiden? No.
My only regret is not knowing more about FASD before adopting.
However, ten years ago the information on FASD was limited, and even though support groups and services are still limited in my area of the globe, there is a growing culture of support.
The Internet has opened up so many opportunities to access professional and personal information for those of us caring for someone who has FASD.
Most common questions adoptive parents of children with FASD get include; “Do you regret adopting this child” and “Would you have chosen a different child should you have known this child has FASD?” This wonderful couple, @FASD_Dad and @FASD_Mum, can attest to this. They chose to adopt their beautiful son with FASD, No they do not regret their decision and they would do it all over again.
Adoption is an important part of our family story. I was adopted in the UK back in the 1960s. We adopted our son with FASD a decade ago. Whenever we speak publicly about FASD one of the questions we are always asked, in more or less delicate form, is whether we regret adopting our son? Would we have chosen a different child if we had known he had FASD? What it is like for me, having been adopted…
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The Maiden became an adult in the world when she turned 18 in August. And with that comes a whole new set of challenges, difficulties and exciting new possibilities. However it also comes with new learning curves for both of us. Understanding money and math can be a challenge for many people, including those with … Continue reading The Maiden and Managing Money
The last three days I have had pretty spotty and inconsistent wifi access - so I will combine the last three days of my red shoe journey to raise awareness of FASD in one post. I have shared my journey personally with my Facebook friends and through this blog, Twitter and Tumblr (under the Our … Continue reading Day 7, 8 and 9: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: British Columbia
No travelling today for the red shoes. We are in Cold Lake, Alberta to attend a memorial service for a close family friend of my boyfriend. I don't know the family, but it was a very moving service and this woman sounded like she was a wonderful woman. Many spoke of her love of life … Continue reading Day 6: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: Cold Lake layover
Another day, another province. Today we made it to Alberta. One of two of our stopovers on this journey. Had the opportunity to do some great awareness today about FASD and the red shoes. The staff at the Visitor Information were very interested why my red shoes were resting on the rocks of the building's … Continue reading Day 5: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: Alberta
Our fourth day was a little more relaxed in terms of both hours and kilometres driven. After three days of 9 hour and 900 km driven daily we only travelled about 6 hours and just over 600 kilometres from Brandon, Manitoba to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was cool today so my travelling companion left his sandals … Continue reading Day 4: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: Saskatchewan
Today 957 km driven. We finally made it out of Ontario! Long day though as we stopped for an impromptu tour CFB Shilo. Not a lot to report tonight. These red shoes are very tired! Spread a little FASD awareness at the Base to the young gunner who allowed this picture! I am proud to … Continue reading Day 3: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: Manitoba
Today was another 9 hour driving almost 900 kms. We left Sault St Marie this morning and made a brief stop in Wawa for a photo with the giant Canada Goose: The day ended in Thunder Bay after stopping to see the Terry Fox memorial statue. If you want to see what other people are … Continue reading Day 2 Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: Ontario
Today begins my third year participating in the Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD awareness campaign. From September 1-9, I will be travelling approximately 900 km a day from my home in Ontario to Quadra Island, B.C. wearing my red shoes across this great country of Canada. This is a poignant journey for me as … Continue reading Day 1: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD