Destiny Is On Your Side

2214 Innes Rd. Ottawa, ON K1B 4C4 | 613.834.6585 ext. 65 |

Pregnant

Pregnant

PREGNANT?

Normally, the first step in an adoption is confirming that adoption is actually the best plan for you and the child. Choices should be examined so that you will be confident in your decision down the road.  We will help you talk through this process to ensure it is the right one for you.  We will walk you through all the steps following.

Here are some questions you may have.

ARE WE ABLE TO CHOOSE OUR BABY’S ADOPTIVE FAMILY?

Absolutely.  You will be assigned a Birth Parent Counselor who will present you with a variety of profiles from prospective adoptive parents.  This is an important decision that will not be rushed.  You are in complete control.

WILL WE BE ABLE TO SEE OUR BABY AFTER IT IS PLACED?

If seeing your baby is something you want, an agreement is created between the adoptive parents and yourselves about how your post-adoption agreement will look.  We will help you decide how open of an adoption is healthy for all.

CAN WE CHANGE OUR MIND?

In Ontario, there is a 21-day waiting period wherein you are able to change your mind.  Your birth parent counselor will walk you through the process.

ARE WE GIVEN ANY SUPPORT FOLLOWING TWENTY-ONE DAYS?

Absolutely. You will have three months of support from your birth parent counselor and then you will have the option of meeting regularly with one of our post-adoption counselors for as long as you need.

For additional information please do not hesitate to email us or reach us by calling 613.834.6585 ext. 65

Hoping To Adopt

Hoping To Adopt

Adoption is an overwhelming process.  It does not happen over night.  If you are wanting to adopt, we will walk you through the steps that you will face.  We are available to assist with paperwork and anything that will make the process more enjoyable.

Here are some questions you may have.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR US TO BECOME PARENTS?

Not as long as you may think.  If you want to become parents, there are children available.

WHAT TYPE OF ADOPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

There are three ways you can adopt.

  1. Public Adoption
  2. Private Adoption
  3. International Adoption

There are basic requirements for each one yet the path for each is very different.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

  1. A Public Adoption has very minimal fees.
  2. A Private Adoption can cost upwards of $15,000.
  3. An International Adoption can cost upwards of $40,000.

If finances are a deciding factor, please speak to us and we will provide the assistance you need.

CAN A SINGLE PERSON ADOPT?

Absolutely.  However, some international adoptions have stipulations on singles adopting.

WHAT IF MY PARTNER IS NOT SURE ABOUT ADOPTING?

Adoption is something that a couple must be in 100% agreement with.  We are available to provide pre-adoption counseling to talk through any apprehension or questions.

For additional information please do not hesitate to email us or reach us by calling 613.834.6585 ext. 65

Pre-Post Adoption Counselling

Pre-Post Adoption Counselling

PRE-ADOPTION COUNSELLING

Deciding if adoption is the right choice for your family is an enormous decision.  Extended family may not understand or be supportive, there may be some factors that may seem insurmountable. DAS will provide you with the support you need to make the most informed decision possible.  We will assist in giving you the tools you need to share with your family and friends about the decision you are considering or have made.

POST-ADOPTION COUNSELLING

You have adopted and now reality is setting in.  DAS will help you during the transitionary period of becoming a new family.  The first meeting with the birth parents or when the questions from your child begin, DAS is available to walk you through the next steps until you are confident and secure in your family.

We also offer counseling specific for children to help them understand and put words to the emotions they may be experiencing.  Older adopted children may present symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, insomnia, stress and other behavioural issues.  The book Our Chosen Child – Talking to Children About Inter-Cultural Adoption is a wonderful tool in helping your child express their feelings.  There is a guide at the back of the book that will assist in the parenting of your adopted child.

We are still finalizing our fee schedule, but here are some of the fees you can expect:
– Initial Consultation Fee

For additional information please do not hesitate to email us or reach us by calling 613.834.6585 ext. 65

Testimonials

Testimonials

Kimberly turned an impossible situation into a dream come true.  We are now the proud parents to an incredible little girl.  Her knowledge and personal touch through the adoption process was exceptional.  We thank her from the bottom of our hearts.

Claude, Lison and Sophie

“Kimberly was key through our adoption process. It was a lengthy process that was very emotional charged and a difficult time for us. Kim knew everything about this complicated process, she kept our spirits high when we were low and kept the light shinning bright when our watch tower was dim. From the bottom of our hearts, we are forever thankful for everything she did for us! ”

Dan, Diane and Daniel

When you are going though an emotional decision in your life, there are times when you earnestly long for someone to come along side you and pick you up.  To tell you that everything is going to work out, and be OK, and actually mean it.  Not to simply offer cliches or words you want to hear, but words based in truth and with a heart as passionate about your child as you are.  To us, Kimberly was that person.  Even when family cast doubt onto our decision to adopt, she stood steadfastly beside us, holding us up, encouraging us, and embracing our new child when she entered our family.  It was hard to tell at times who was more excited about our adoption, us or her.

Adrian and Roberta
To read more about Adrian and Roberta’s Forever Family on their blog click here.

“Kim is passionate about life and inspires others as she reaches out and connects in a positive, affirming and sensitive manner.  Kim is a role model for others. She was instrumental in linking two other grandchildren with wonderful local families ensuring a linkage with their siblings in open adoptions.  Kim is a ‘forever blessing’.”

Laura Metcalfe

Please have a look at the Destiny Adoption Services Gallery.

For additional information please do not hesitate to email us or reach us by calling 613.834.6585 ext. 65

About Kimberly

About Kimberly

Kimberly Sabourin is the Multi-Site Pastor at Lifecentre and has been on staff for over two decades. She is passionate about health and fitness and is a Fitness Instructor at Goodlife Fitness. Her business, Destiny Adoption Services, helps families navigate through the vast waters of adoption. Kimberly’s passion is to support birth parents through their choice to place their child for adoption and to empower adoptive families with the tools they need to find the adoption path for them and raise healthy, secure children.

Kimberly is married and has three children and two grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.

They reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Adoption Council of Ontario completed a profile of the Sabourin family, read it here.

To book Kimberly to speak at your school, agency, adoption event, email her today.

Want to keep in touch with Kimberly? Follow her on Twitter: @destinyadoption.

Ontario’s Adoption Legislation

Ontario’s Adoption Legislation

In Ontario, adoption is regulated by two pieces of legislation.

The Child and Family Services Act, 1990 regulates the adoption of children who are living in Ontario, as well as children from other provinces or countries whose adoptions are finalized in an Ontario court.

The Intercountry Adoption Act, 1998 sets out the requirements that must be met within Ontario for adoptions that will be finalized in other countries.

These acts protect the rights of everyone involved in an adoption: the child, the child’s birth parents and the adoptive parents.

For additional information please do not hesitate to email us or reach us by calling 613.834.6585 ext. 65

Equal EI Benefits Petition

Currently the Federal government allows less time, under the employment insurance (EI) benefits program, to families adopting children than to families bearing children through traditional, biological means. Adoptive families currently receive 15 weeks less than biological parents: the government sites “the time the biological mother needs to recuperate from pregnancy and childbirth” as the reason for this disparity. However, much research has shown that all adoptive families have numerous “issues and concerns related to adoption” that necessitate an equal, if not increased, period of familial adjustment.

In order to help change that, Destiny Adoption Services is partnering with concerned people all over the country to petition the government to increase the amount of time allowed for adoptive parents. Please sign the petition here.

Products

Products

The motivation for writing this book was to empower my daughter with the answers she would need to develop a healthy self-image. My daughter was adopted as a newborn and my goal as her mother is to daily ensure that she feels safe and secure with her story.

Every child has a story. My role, as a mother, is to ensure each one of my children know just how incredible and unique their story is. This story reflects our unique journey of being a inter- cultural family involving a private, open adoption. Every adoption and every family is unique.

Our Chosen Child is now for sale. Click the ‘Buy Now’ button below to complete your order (taxes included, standard shipping rates apply).





For orders of 5 or more books please email info@destinyadoptionservices.com for pricing information.

Room For Me is now available on iTunes! Click here to purchase this song. All proceeds from the sales of this song go to help adoptable children find forever families!
Click the ‘Donate’ button below to make a designated donation to the ministry side of adoption through Lifecentre. Be sure to note that it is a designated donation for “adoption” in the additional information field.

For additional information please do not hesitate to email us or reach us by calling 613.834.6585 ext. 65

Colouring Pages

Colouring Pages

Parents, here are some downloadable colouring pages from Kimberly’s book Our Chosen Child – Talking to Children About Inter-Cultural Adoption. These pages can be used as a tool to help your child through the adoption process.  We encourage you to allow open dialogue as you colour with your child as you continue to foster a healthy self-image in your chosen child.

Colouring Pages are in PDF Format.

Colouring Page 1

Colouring Page 2

Colouring Page 3

Colouring Page 4

Video

Watch Hannah’s story as she goes through the process of putting a child up for adoption to help make a Forever Family.