Vancouver Island’s only adoption agency saved from closure

Vancouver Island's only adoption agency saved from closure

The Choices adoption agency won’t be closing its doors at the end of May after all.

A new board elected at an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening is vowing to keep the agency open.

“We’re really excited to get going, and get to work and make this organization the best it can be,” said new Board Chair Barbara Scott.

The agency had announced it would close its doors at the end of May due to falling international adoptions and other factors.

That left several families on waiting lists in a lurch, the decision has them breathing a sigh of relief.

“Choices provides many different services to adoptive parents,” said Cammy Lockwood.

“We are in the process of an international adoption and very pleased that we don’t have transfer our file to another BC agency.”

It also prompted a surge of support from the community.

A petition launched to try to find a way to save the agency gathered more than 1300 signatures.

Choices was founded 30-years-ago by Joyce Messelink.

She was on hand as it became clear the agency does indeed have a future.

“Its wonderful, its really good news,” she said.

“It just goes to show that if you let people know what’s happening, they’ll come forward.”


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