One year after Canada embraced Syrian refugees like no other country, a reckoning was underway. Canadians had essentially adopted thousands of Syrian families, donating a year of their time and money to guide them into new lives just as many other countries shunned them. But as 2016 turned to 2017, the question of how the newcomers would fare acquired a national nickname: Month 13, the month when the Syrians would try to stand on their own. On a visit to #Toronto , @damonwinter photographed 3 children from the Hajj family with Carole Atkins, one of the women who sponsored them and their parents. She and her friends poured themselves into resettling the family, becoming so close that they referred to one another as substitute grandparents, parents and children. But with the Month 13 deadline nearing, the sponsors faced uncomfortable questions: Were they doing too much? Even if they wanted to stop helping, would they be able to? They knew they should teach the family more bus routes, instead of driving them so much. But they rarely followed through. “I haven’t really fostered any independence,” Carole admitted. Watch our #InstagramStory to read more.