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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


 

Profile Night: Trent

Meet Trent

The name "Trent" with a monster truck

Date: September 19th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!

Are you an AdoptReady family? If you have completed your PRIDE training and Homestudy, you are welcome to attend our profile event to meet Trent.

Eight-year-old Trent’s sweet grin and charm can win anyone over. He is a curious, playful and active boy. Trent has a great sense of humour and thinks of himself as “hilarious”. He loves to be outdoors and especially enjoys swimming, soccer, rollerblading and riding his bicycle. However, as of late, he is more concerned about how his hair looks! Trent is a talkative little guy who asks questions and listens intently to the answers. He loves to be helpful and is happiest when he is working alongside an adult baking in the kitchen. Trent loves to learn and is eager to try new things. Trent loves trucks of all kind; in particular he loves monster trucks. Trent enjoys demonstrating his artistic side and likes to colour and draw pictures. He is learning new musical skills with an intent interest in learning to play the drums. He loves to play with Lego and will use his imagination to construct all sorts of things. 

Trent would do best with parent(s) who are able to provide structure and routine in an understanding and caring environment. Trent would do well with parent(s) who like being active and enjoy spending time outdoors. He will require firm direction and supervision throughout his childhood development, and the adoptive parent(s) will need to be willing to work collaboratively with community supports as Trent’s needs change. Trent does really well with one-to-one attention and would benefit from being an only child or the youngest by several years.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!


Spotlight on Transitioning Children to their Adoptive Family

Date: October 5th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!

Adoption is a life-altering event for everyone involved. Of course, all parties want to work towards successful placements and the best outcomes for the children. But how can we work towards this? We’ve learned that planning for the transition is integral to success in adoption.

Presented by: Judy Archer, Manager of ACO's PASS Program

Join us as Judy, manager of the Adoption Council of Ontario’s Permanency & Adoption Support Services (PASS), discusses how to plan for transitioning a child in to your home. We will explore tools and strategies to use during the pre-placement planning process; transitioning your child into your family; and proceeding once they have moved in. We will also explore some of the key factors at work, such as grief and loss, and remembering that successful placements take a team approach and rely upon connection and relationship.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!


Profile Night: Eleanor, Billy and Charlie

Meet Eleanor, Billy and Charlie

The name "Eleanor, Billy and Charlie" with a basketball and music notes

Date: October 10th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!

Like many teens her age, 15-year-old Eleanor enjoys hanging out with her friends and spending time at the mall. She also loves to listen to music, with pop and country at the top of her list! Eleanor hopes to start taking piano lessons again, and further displays her creative side by drawing and painting.

Sporting carefully styled hair and a charming smile, 14-year-old Billy likes to be around people and enjoys being the life of the party! He is happy to spend quality time with adults, choosing to do activities with them such as walking and playing cards or board games. A natural athlete, Billy loves to play any kind of sport but has a special love for basketball and wrestling.

Thirteen-year-old Charlie, the youngest of the siblings, will spend hours playing basketball and hockey outside with his brother. When he’s not doing that, he is likely to be talking about sports, watching sports, or reading about sports! In addition to sharing a passion for sports, these three siblings all value forming relationships with adults and young people alike. Eleanor, Billy and Charlie need an active, sporty one- or two-parent family able to provide a nurturing and stable environment for all three siblings.

Eleanor, Billy and Charlie would benefit from being placed with an adoptive family who is able to provide structure, consistency and clear limits, while parenting from an attachment-based approach. They are in touch with some birth family members including their father and paternal grandmother and these are important connections for them to maintain. Their adoptive family will need to embrace their First Nations heritage and provide opportunities to stay connected to their First Nations community.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!

 


Profile Night: Julia and Serena, Lacey and Liam

Meet Julia and Serena, Lacey and Liam

The name "Julia and Serena, Lacey and Liam" with a sunshine and drums

Date: October 17th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!

Are you looking to adopt? If so, you are welcome to attend our profile event to meet Julia and Serena, Lacey and Liam.

Let us tell you about Julia!

Eleven-year-old Julia loves the sweet sound of music especially when she can hear the beating of drums. She likes to be outside going for walks and exploring. Julia likes to swim and play in the water. She is a very affectionate young girl who likes to snuggle with her foster parents. She likes to play with balls and roll them back and forth with her caregivers. Her foster family adores her and cherishes the gains that she makes.    

Julia is an adorable girl with much potential. She can be very sweet and good natured. She will do best with a family who understands that she requires lifelong supports. A family who will see her strengths and delight in her small gains. Julia will require a slow transition to her forever family as change is difficult for her. She requires full time support with her self-care and even though she is non-verbal this does not stop her from communicating. Julia uses picture cards and technology to get her needs and wants met. She is currently learning sign language and can now say “thank you” and “hello”. A family who has experience with children who have special needs would be an asset.

Let us tell you about Serena, Lacey and Liam!

Being a big sister is a responsibility that four-year-old Serena takes very seriously. She is a social and talkative child who loves colouring, reading, swimming and playing outside. Two-year-old Lacey is an adventurous little girl who loves to explore. She is a social butterfly and enjoys time spent with her peers and playing with her Barbie or dolls. Two-year-old Liam is a happy little boy who loves to play with his toy computer by pressing the buttons. Toys that make noise bring him great joy. He can often be found babbling along with his twin sister, Lacey. Although Liam is not meeting his milestones in the same way as his peers, he is a very content toddler and has bonded well with those close to him.

These three siblings will flourish in a two-parent home that will be able to support and celebrate their gains and accomplishments, while enthusiastically supporting all three children with their individual medical and developmental needs. Serena, Lacey and Liam will benefit from a home with clear expectations, routines and structure, while also being surrounded by love, care and stability.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED!


Spotlight on Autism

Date: TBD
Time: 7:00 – 8:00PM

Date for event is to be determind.

Parenting a child with autism can be a wonderful and fulfilling journey! This webinar will highlight a number of aspects that can be useful when parenting a child with autism including:

• uncovering ability and building on strengths;
• encouraging and supporting independence;
• enabling positive behaviour;
• promoting inclusion in the home and community.

Presented by: Liz LeBrun and Charryl Zuccala

In addition to a shared professional background in autism education, both presenters are parents of children on the autism spectrum. Liz and Charryl offer both a positive perspective and practical strategies for blending autism into home and family life. As an adoptive parent of two children with autism, Liz has personally experienced the benefits of a structured approach to ease the transition from foster care to adoption.

Date for event is to be determind.

 

Autism Profile Night

Date: December 7th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM

[Register here]

Are you an AdoptReady family? If you have completed your PRIDE training and Homestudy, 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 children and youth of various ages who need loving and supportive adoptive parents. These unique children need support with needs that fall on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASDs), as well as parents that will cherish their successes and help them reach their fullest potential. To learn more about autism, you can visit our “Understanding Special Needs” section on the AdoptOntario website.

[Register here]


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

[Register here]

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 an AdoptReady family? If you have completed your PRIDE training and Homestudy, you are welcome to attend our profile event to meet some of the youth AdoptOntario is seeking forever families for!

We are planning to present a mix of boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 16 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

[Register here]

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 an AdoptReady family? If you have completed your PRIDE training and Homestudy, 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

[Register here]

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]