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Adoption Matters: Online Education Series

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

Adoption Matters' Online Education Series is an exciting, new way of learning more about adoption and permanency journeys and how best to support children, youth, adults and families on them


New! Touching Base After Pathways

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Touching Base After Pathways with Dianne Mathes R.S.W. Adult Adoptee, Therapist, ED Adoption Council of Ontario

Recommeded Audience: 

  • Pathways alumni.

Goals: A special invitation to Pathways alumni to join us for a follow-up conversation. Let's discuss how you are using the concepts and tools from Pathways. Are they helping? Would more explanation of the "how to's" be helpful? What other topics would you like to learn more about?


New! Identity and Belonging

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Identity and Beloning with Dianne Mathes R.S.W. Adult Adoptee, Therapist, ED Adoption Council of Ontario

Recommeded Audience: 

  • Adoptees, parents, teachers, partners and the community who wants to connect with and support the adopted child.

Goals: During this one hour webinar, Dianne uses original art and images to describe the life long journey of the adoptee from birth through the stages of development and into the experiences of the adults, including search and reunion. This webinar focuses on how adoption trauma may affect many aspects of an adoptee’s way of perceiving themselves and others, and the unique challenges which, if recognized, named and understood, can provide repair and healing. This webinar is intended to provide adoptees with support in naming and claiming some of their lens as well as for parents, teachers, partners and the community who wants to connect with and support the adopted child, youth or adult by learning about their unique lens and way of being.

Objectives:

  • See the “view” through the lens of adoption for many adoptees
  • Understand the experience from the core foundation, the sensory world of the infant
  • Learn the unique thoughts, feelings, experiences and perceptions that can be part of this unique journey in life
  • Learn how the world of the adoptee is both dual and multi layered and the many ways that adoptees may use to navigate these realities
  • Learn how this core experience informs identity and a sense of belonging at each stage of development
  • Learn how grief is different and what the differences mean in connections with self and others
  • Learn how adoption trauma is different and how and why children, youth and adults may respond differently and have unique and different needs
  • Learn how attunement to these unique experiences is important and what is needed beyond attunement


New! Tasks to be Mastered to Facilitate Healing from a History of Grief, Loss and Trauma

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Tasks to be Mastered to Facilitate Healing from a History of Grief, Loss and Trauma with Judy Archer, MSW, RSW

Recommended Audience: 

  • Prospective caregivers, adoptive parents, foster parents & professionals

Upon placement, children face two daunting emotional issues: forming an attachment to new caregivers while simultaneously grieving separation, loss and more often than not, reactivation of any trauma from the past. In this webinar, prospective caregivers, adoptive parents, foster parents and the professionals who work work with them will gain important knowledge, skills and insights about the indicators of healing in the child post-placement and what they can do in their respective roles and relationships pre and post-placement to facilitate the healing process.

Goals: To gain knowledge, skills and insights needed to facilitate a child’s healing from grief, loss and trauma

Objectives: By the end of the webinar participants will be able to...

  • Describe the grieving process including the nature, stages and symptoms of grief
  • Identify at least 3 child-specific factors that will influence a child’s reactions to grief and loss
  • Explain at least 5 contributors to unresolved grief and loss in the child post-placement
  • Delineate the 6 variables that set the grieving process for the child-in-care and the child who joins a family through adoption and permanency planning apart from other types of loss
  • Outline the 9 Principles of Practice for parenting or working with the grieving child
  • Define trauma and provide at least 3 examples of the types of traumatic experiences that are common to many children-in-care
  • Elucidate 4 indicators of healing from a history of grief, loss and trauma with explanations of the specific tools, resources and strategies that can be used in their respective roles and relationships with a child to facilitate the child’s mastery of each interrelated task
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific resources relevant to working with children pre- and post-placement

New! New FASD

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Recommended Audience:

  • Prospective and adoptive families and the professionals who work with them 

Our new 2.5 hour webinar on prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs with Judy Archer of the Adoption Council of Ontario includes a one-hour, Canadian documentary video that profiles the challenges and corresponding needs of those living with FASD. Perspectives of children and youth living with FASD, birth parents, adoptive parents and the professionals who serve them are all captured in this highly informative film. Following the video, more specific information about FASD will be presented.

Goals: Raise awareness about the lifelong impact of FASD as well as tools, strategies and resources for optimizing the child’s adaptive functioning.

Objectives: By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Put FASD into context by explaining the extent of alcohol consumption in Canada
  • Pinpoint contributors to and symptoms of FASD: primary and secondary
  • Summarize the new diagnostic guidelines for FASD
  • Explain lifelong implications and realities of living with a brain-based disability
  • List strengths of children with FASD
  • Describe contributors to adaptive functioning in children with FASD
  • Identify formal and informal supports available to parents of children with a history of prenatal exposure to FASD

New FASD with Judy Archer, MSW, RSW 

More information about this webinar is coming soon.


New! Search and Reunion

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Recommended Audience:

  • Adult adoptees, first/birth families, adoptive families and the professionals who support them

Search and Reunion with with Dianne Mathes R.S.W. Adult Adoptee, Therapist, ED Adoption Council of Ontario

More information about this webinar coming soon.


Transitional Planning - Contributing to Successful Adoptions and Permanency

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Recommended Audience:

  • Prospective and adoptive families, foster parents and the professionals who work with them 

Transitional Planning with Judy Archer, MSW, RSW

For all parties to the adoption process—the child, the birth parents, the prospective caregivers, and the foster parents—particularly if they have been caring for the child for any length of time, adoption and permanency planning are profound, life-altering events. In this webinar, you will not only learn the goal and objectives for pre-placement visits, but concrete tools and strategies to facilitate the child’s successful transition to his/her new family.

Goal:  To raise awareness about the rationale for and elements of a transitional plan when moving children from one family to another.

Objectives:  By the end of this webcast, participants will:

  • Gain insight into the impact of separation, loss and transitional planning on children-in-care
  • Learn the 9-principles of practice that guide transitional planning
  • Identify the 7-goals of pre-placement visits
  • Discuss as many as 16 strategies, tools and techniques to facilitate a child’s successful transition
  • Identify resources that can be accessed to heighten their understanding about transitional planning and the pre-placement process even further
  • Discuss the value of being well-informed about transitional planning and the pre-placement process

Older Child Adoption: Journey Into The Unknown

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Recommended Audience:

  • Prospective and adoptive families and the professionals who work with them 

Older Child Adoption: Parent Centred/Child Focused Adoption with Elaine Ash, MSW, RSW, mental health therapist, and her adult daughter, Ashley, who was placed with Elaine six years prior.

Elaine and Ashley provide candid yet heartwarming insights into the unique challenges, feelings, beliefs and corresponding needs of older children who join their families by adoption.  The focus of this webcast is on the initial stages of placement. Not only do they discuss “gentle tools”, strategies and resources that can be used to facilitate a child’s adjustment and successful integration into a new family unit, but they highlight what parents can do for themselves and other family members (i.e., previously adopted children) when embarking on the lifelong journey to becoming a permanent family.

Goal:  To raise awareness about the common adjustments and corresponding needs of the older child and adoptive family members in the aftermath of an adoption placement/post-placement

Objectives:  By the end of this webcast, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Define “older child”
  • Enumerate qualities needed to assume a parent-centred/child-focused approach to adoption
  • Identify the common feelings, challenges, beliefs and needs of older children who join their families through adoption and permanency planning
  • Provide examples of common challenges, feelings and needs of adoptive parents and previously adopted children post-placement
  • Outline the primary role and responsibilities of adoptive and permanency planning parents post-placement
  • List gentle tools, strategies and resources that can be used to enhance the adjustment of the child to be adopted and other family members post-placement
  • Discuss the importance of being well-informed about the topic, parent-centered/child-focused approach to parenting a child by adoption, pre- and/or post-placement

Making Openness Work for Kids and Families

Dates:

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Recommended Audience:

  • Prospective and adoptive families, foster families and the professionals who work with them 

Openness in Adoption with Pat Convery, Former Executive Director of the Adoption Council of Ontario

Goal: To give an overview of Openness in Adoption from the perspective of benefits and challenges for all members of the family – birth family member, adopted child and adoptive parents. Additionally, to provide some tools and strategies for professionals and families to consider in making initial openness plans and navigating through challenges.

Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of being well-informed about openness in adoption, pre and/or post-placement
  • Review the benefits and challenges of maintaining birth family connections after adoption
  • Provide an understanding of basic principles and elements to consider in making decisions about the level of openness that will be appropriate for a family
  • Give concrete tips and strategies to help in making openness plans before placement and navigating challenges that arise along the way

 

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