Fes­ti­val of Life Ban­quet

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The In­formed Choices Preg­nancy Cen­tre held its an­nual ban­quet at the Church of Our Lady hall. In ad­di­tion to ticket sales, funds were raised at the Fes­ti­val of Life Ban­quet through a silent auc­tion. Prizes from hand­made quilts and fur­ni­ture to a por­trait sit­ting and jew­elry were on of­fer. Cora Lee Schultz took to the stage with Dwight and Marci Cameron to speak about their adop­tion story. Shortly af­ter get­ting mar­ried, the cou­ple de­cided to start their fam­ily. They had many prob­lems and were told that they had a very small chance of con­ceiv­ing chil­dren nat­u­rally. They looked into their op­tions and de­cided that adop­tion might be a so­lu­tion. There were reser­va­tions; they weren’t sure if they could love a child that wasn’t theirs bi­o­log­i­cally. The sys­tem took time, up to seven years. There was a fear of the un­known and they weren’t sure how they would re­act in the fu­ture if their child re­belled against them. While wait­ing for so­cial ser­vices to con­tact them re­gard­ing an adop­tion, they de­cided to try In Vitro Fer­til­iza­tion. Amaz­ingly, only six weeks af­ter they had com­pleted the ap­pli­ca­tion process, they were con­tacted and told they had a match with a young woman. She had a list of re­quire­ments that seemed too de­mand­ing, yet Dwight and Marci matched all her cri­te­ria. They were a bira­cial cou­ple; they were young; they were Chris­tian, and they had done mis­sion­ary work. At the same time, they found out that the IVF had worked, and they were forced to with­draw their ap­pli­ca­tion from so­cial ser­vices, as it was a re­quire­ment be­cause Marci was preg­nant. The birth mother was adamant, how­ever that the Camerons raise her baby, so she with­drew as well, and the adop­tion was done pri­vately, with the help of lawyers. The Camerons now have three daugh­ters. Their old­est meets with her birth mother on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, and there is a spe­cial bond that ex­ists be­tween them. They have learned to re­spect the power of prayer, as they re­lied on it when they wanted to start a fam­ily. They re­al­ized that their fears were un­founded, as they fell in­stantly in love when their first daugh­ter was born. They have words of ad­vice for any­one con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing or giv­ing up a baby for adop­tion. Be re­al­is­tic. Know your needs and those of the child. Be open to cir­cum­stances. Things don’t al­ways work out the way you plan. Al­low your­self to feel in the mo­ment. Don’t bot­tle things in. Once you have made your de­ci­sion, be strong. Stay with it. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­view, there was a brief mu­si­cal in­ter­lude, pro­vided by Tami El­liot, her daugh­ter Abbie Reuss and fam­ily friend David Walh­strom. In­formed Choices Preg­nancy Cen­tre is look­ing for help. There are op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer, to serve on the board, or to pro­vide part­ner­ship through financial sup­port. Con­tact them through their web­site www.icpc­moose­jaw.ca or on Face­book.

Dwight and Marci Cameron are in­ter­viewed by Cora Lee Schultz about their adop­tion story.

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