Judith Craig Morency

judith Craig morecy 1 - family mattersI work as a Social Worker with children who are looked after and in foster placements or residential homes. I also undertake assessments of prospective foster carer’s and adopters and train them in preparation groups. I also share my personal story of adoption at various adoption forums.

I love working with families and wherever possible keeping birth families together, but when that isn’t possible it’s a joy to create a new family through permanence watching children flourish in a new healthy environment so that they can reach their full potential.

I don’t really have role models but I do admire the everyday hero and those who succeed from the most challenging of situations.

“Returning to your roots recapturing what you’ve lost and moving forward.” Sankofa Proverb

Best Advice ‘Short term pain for long term gain’

I was adopted at the age of 3.5 months. Being adopted has impacted my life dramatically and when I connected with fellow adult adoptees I was amazed at how helpful and affirming it was to share our experiences with each other and have others who could really relate to my early experiences. I wish I’d had that network of support when I was a young person.

In my section of Adoption Arena called ‘Family Matters’ I will be exploring the challenges of adoption and transracial adoption, and how to manage racism, support for adoptive parents and foster carers especially those with transracial element, importance of keeping the child’s heritage alive, searching for birth family.

What is the first thing you notice about people?

Their smile

What is your favourite food?

Haitian cabrit-stewed goat, jollof rice and friend plantain with juicy mango and watermelon for dessert.

What annoys you about people?

Rudeness

Favourite sport?

Basketball

Childhood Dream Job

Being a firefighter

First crush

A boy named Lee I think in grade 3.

Do you have pets?

None!

If you could change one thing in this world what would it be?

Economic adoption, where a family can’t afford to keep their children this should not keep parents and children apart from one another.

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