was launched on November 20th, 2009 in honour of National
Adoption Day (and month!) in North America. This site was
created to serve as a resource guide for Canadians who are
hoping to grow their families through adoption and for anyone
whose lives have been touched by adoption.
This web site has been a work in progress for the last 5
years and I'm thrilled to finally be able to share my research
and knowledge of adoption with you ...
Hello! My name is Shannon Vieira. I'm not a social worker
nor am I an adoption professional. I'm a self-employed web
designer and I've also been recently trained to be a co-trainer
for the PRIDE foster and adoption training in Ontario. But,
my most important job is being a mom to my three wonderful
Adoption has, and always will be, a huge part of my life.
As an infant, I was placed for adoption through the Children's
Aid Society in Ontario. I grew up in a wonderful family (the
best!) and always knew that I was adopted. At the age of 18,
I met my birth mother with the help of my parents and have
maintained a 'friendship' with her over the years. I've also
met my birth father as well as several members of his family.
Meeting my birth family was a positive experience as I now
have all the pieces of the puzzle (including the fact that
I'm part Native).
Adoption had always been part of the plan when it came to
building our family; when it was discovered that we couldn't
get pregnant, my husband and I didn't hesitate in starting
the process to adopt.
On February 21st, 2006, after waiting just nine months, we
received 'the call' that all prospective adoptive parents
anticipate ... we were going to be parents to a beautiful,
8 month old baby BOY!! The 'call' came from Native Child and
Family Services in Toronto - one of the many public agencies
in Ontario that accepted our home study for consideration.
We met our eldest son on February 22nd, 2006, and fell in
love with him the moment he was placed in our arms. "C"
came home forever on March 3rd 2006 and our lives haven't
been the same since. Changing diapers, teething and sleepless
nights, first words and wobbly steps, playing at the park
and singing silly songs were just a few of the many things
we experienced as new members of 'the parent club.'
Our first adoption was so incredible that we decided to do
it again ..... A few days after C's third birthday, we received
the happy news that again, we had been chosen to adopt another
baby boy! We adopted our second son, "B" through
Chatham-Kent Children's Aid Society and like our first, this
adoption was nothing short of wonderful! "B" was
only five months old when he came home and was (and still
is!) such a dolly! He came home forever on July 9th, 2008
and it's been amazing watching our two boys play together
and bond as brothers.
On October 4th, 2010, we welcomed home our third
child ... a beautiful baby girl! "A" was just 12
months old when she joined our family. "A" is quite
the girly girl (she loves dolls and wearing pretty dresses)
and is talking so much now! The boys love their little sister
and we're having so much fun being parents to these wonderful
As you can see, adoption has been very good
to my family. I couldn't help but want to 'pay it forward'
by creating this adoption resource site and help other families
in their journeys to adopt. Adopting is not easy ... we experienced
many bumps and obstacles along the way, but we knew that eventually,
with a lot of persistence and luck, we too, would become parents
Good luck and all the best,