Marie Laurence Laflamme M.A.
Clinical social worker, Specialist in international adoption
Marie-Laurence Laflamme is a curious and passionate clinical social worker, she is a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). Driven by her convictions and values, she believes in the redeeming qualities of humanity, inspiring her to pursue her education in social studies. Leaving her country of birth (Haiti) at age 9 by way of international adoption, her childhood and adolescence was spent in a rural village of just a few thousand in a family with 6 children, three biological and three adopted from Haiti. She was surrounded by love from her family but she also felt a need elsewhere.
Marie-Laurence moved to the Ottawa-Gatineau region for university. In she 2006, completed her bachelor’s degree in criminology and then she received her master’s in social work from the University of Quebec in Outaouais. Her focus on international adoption is evidenced by her memoir "Le processus identitaire chez les enfants de l’adoption internationale : le cas des jeunes haïtiens au Québec" (Identity development in internationally adopted children: Young Haitians in Quebec).
For many years now, Marie-Laurence Laflamme has worked in adolescent education. In July 2012, she started on a new challenge by moving to Nunavik in the north of Quebec to work with the Inuit community as a social worker, primarily working with the regional Youth Protection Branch of Quebec (Direction de la protection de la jeunesse, DPJ), and also with psychosocial services. In 2015, understanding how important origin is when it comes to a person’s identity, she created L’adoption&Moi.com following through on the recommendations of her study: "Le processus identitaire chez les enfants de l’adoption internationale : le cas des jeunes haïtiens au Québec" (Identity development in internationally adopted children: Young Haitians in Quebec). The goal of L’adoption&Moi.com is to offer the various professionals and agencies that deal with international adoption an opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas and find solutions for issues related to international adoption, specifically, the question of origin and how it relates to identity in adopted children. Using a systematic approach, she seeks to share her expertise as a social worker and her personal experience as a Haitian child raised by an adoptive family here in Quebec with the ultimate goal of changing the way Quebec’s society views and treats international adoption.
Because love alone is not always enough;
international adoption seen differently
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