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Online Adoption Events

Would you like to build your knowledge with tools, tips and strategies to help you in your adoption and parenting journey?

AdoptOntario’s Online Adoption Events are an exciting, new way of connecting families with waiting children and youth. Online presentations of profiles are sometimes offered as a part of a series, where an educational event is offered the week before.

The Education Night

Experts in various topics such as Autism, Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Trauma, etc present information aimed at demystifying stigma and offering insight into what parenting a child with each need is like. At these events attendees will;

  • learn about the needs of young people with these needs;
  • gain perspective;
  • learn parenting tips and tools;
  • open your hearts to children and youth with exceptional needs.

At the end of the event, participants will have the ability to ask questions.

The Profile Night

Workers present profile(s) of children and youth for families to consider. At these events attendees will;

  • see specific children available for adoption;
  • ask questions of workers about profiles;
  • view profiles after the event on an online platform;
  • express interest in potential matches.

Upcoming Events


Spotlight on Grief/Loss, Attachment and Trauma: Part One

Date: January 9th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

[Register here]

We all come to adoption with the willingness and compassion to help our children heal…but is that enough? Understanding how this will impact children and youth will enable us to better parent our children. As adoptive parents we need to better understand how grief, loss, attachment and trauma will affect our children and youth. With a better understanding we are able to commit to our children and give them what they truly need; the unconditional love and commitment that is needed regardless of behaviours. The behaviours are the story and sometimes that is the only way that a child or youth can tell their story. With a better understanding, we are able to provide the safe, permanent, healing and nurturing home that our children and youth need.

Presented by: Sylvia Gibbons, Adoption Support Specialist

Sylvia is the ACO's PACT Parent Liaison. In this newly created role, she assists and guides Pathways parent groups to form ongoing parent support groups in their communities. Sylvia has been a PRIDE trainer for eight years and also brings her expertise as an adoptive parent.

[Register here]

 

Spotlight on Grief/Loss, Attachment and Trauma: Part Two

Date: January 16th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

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Part Two is a continuation of understanding the impacts of grief, loss, attachment and trauma. Children entering adoptive homes bring a tremendous amount of grief. loss and trauma. This presentation will help you to understand some of the reactions to these experiences and provide some tips, tools and techniques to exercise skill and sensitivity in supporting children and youth specifically though the lens of adoption.

Presented by: Karen Moore, Adoption Professional

Karen is a mental health professional, a creative and innovative manager and leader in Lanark County. She is the Director of Services at Open Doors, a children’s mental health centre in Lanark County. Karen also has a private practice in Kanata working with children, youth and families. She has been involved in the world of adoption and children’s mental health for many years through her experience in social work, training and development and leadership positions. Karen is also an adoptive parent of four children.

[Register here]

 

Grief/Loss, Attachment and Trauma Profile Night

Date: January 23rd
Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM

[Register here]

Are you looking to adopt? If so, you are welcome to attend our profile event to meet some of the children and youth AdoptOntario is seeking forever families for.

We are planning to present a mix of boys and girls who are currently waiting for forever families. To learn more about grief/loss, attachment and trauma, you can visit our “Understanding Special Needs” section on the AdoptOntario website.

[Register here]


Spotlight FASD

Date: February 15th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

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Would you like to build your knowledge with tools, tips and strategies to help you in your adoption and parenting journey? Many of the children and youth available for adoption in Ontario have exceptional needs, this can include pre-natal alcohol and drug exposure, and sometimes a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. But what does it mean to parent children with these needs?

AdoptOntario would like invite you to attend an educational event where you will:

• learn about the needs of young people on this spectrum;
• gain perspective;
• learn parenting tips and tools;
• open your hearts to children and youth with FASD.

[Register here]

 

FASD Profile Night

Date: February 22nd
Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM

[Register here]

Are you looking to adopt? If so, you are welcome to attend our profile event to meet some of the children and youth AdoptOntario is seeking forever families for.

We are planning to present a mix of boys and girls who are currently waiting for forever families. To learn more about FASD or Pre-natal Alcohol Exposure, you can visit our “Understanding Special Needs” section on the AdoptOntario website.

[Register here]


Spotlight Openness

Date: March 6th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

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Would you like to build your knowledge with tools, tips and strategies to help you in your adoption and parenting journey? Many of the children and youth available for adoption in Ontario have built connections with birth family members, foster family members, and community members that would benefit them as they move through to adoption. This is commonly referred to as openness. But what can openness look like and how do we facilitate it while keeping in mind the best interest of the child?

AdoptOntario would like invite you to attend an educational webinar where you will:

• learn about the needs of young people in terms of openness;
• gain perspective on openness with special indivduals in a child or youth's life;

Presented by: Pat Convery, RSW, Adoption Council of Ontario Executive Director

[Register here]