Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #5

"Older children can't be or don't want to be adopted."

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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.


Adoption & Your Extended Family

Dates:

More info coming soon!


FASD

Dates:

Recommended Audience:

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

New FASD with Judy Archer, MSW, RSW 

*This is an introductory session for people who are just learning about FASD.

Our new webinar on prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs with Judy Archer, Adoption Counsellor and Consultant, will provide a comprehensive introduction to information about prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs that is critical for adoptive parents to consider when parenting or planning to parent a child by adoption.

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

Transitional Planning - Contributing to Successful Adoptions and Permanency

 

Dates:

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:

  • Available On-Demand - please see below

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:

  • Available On-Demand - please see below.
  • View the PowerPoint Presentation here.

Recommended Audience:

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

Openness in Adoption with Pat Convery, RSW

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

Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Dates:

  • Available On-Demand - please see below.

Recommended Audience:

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

Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma with Karen Moore, MA, ECE, RSW

Karen provides an introduction to trauma and its impact on child and adult development, using an adoption-specific lens. Whether you are a prospective adoptive parents, an adoptive and permanency planning caregiver, or a professional, you will learn why it is critically important to learn as much as you can about this important topic, regardless of the child’s age at placement.

Goal:  To raise awareness about the impact of trauma on child development and adult development, and the corresponding needs of infants and children who join their families by adoption and permanency planning.

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

  • Explain the meaning of “trauma” and what it means from an adoption or permanency planning perspective
  • Describe at least three symptoms or long-term emotional “reactions” that may be indicative of a trauma history
  • Identify the impact of trauma on child and adult development
  • Explain the correlation between loss and trauma
  • Provide examples of trauma experienced by waiting children and children who have joined their families by adoption
  • Identify examples of knowledge and skills needed by adoptive and permanency planning parents to successfully parent a child by adoption and permanency planning
  • Explain how “relationship-based parenting” and “therapeutic parenting” contribute to healing for a child with a history of trauma
  • List resources that can be accessed to heighten one’s understanding about trauma and adoption
  • Discuss the importance of being well-informed about the topic, parenting children with a history of trauma, pre and/or post-placement

New! On-Demand Sessions Available

Sessions:

These sessions will be available from April 1st until August 30th. All additional resources are available in the description boxes.

Once you are finished the presentation please fill out our online survey.


New! Audio Recordings

A Conversation About Learning & School During COVID with Lori DeWitte, an Elemntary School Principal

 

  • Original date: May 11th, 2020
  • Speakers: Lori DeWitte
  • Moderator: Sylvia Gibbons, ACO PACT Parent Liaison
  • Summary: Lori is a Principal, Educator and adoptive parent. She shares tips for schooling kids on adoption and permanency journeys during Covid-19.

 

Panel Discussion: Parenting Teens on Adoption & Permanency Journeys

  • Original date: April 30th, 2020 
  • Speakers: Laura Banks, Karen Moore, Jean Skelton & Cindy Stewart
  • Moderator: Sylvia Gibbons, ACO PACT Parent Liaison 
  • Summary: You're invited to a panel discussion with four of our PACT trainers on the joys and challenges of parenting teens on adoption and permanency journeys. We will also cover some of the additional considerations involved in parenting teens during this time of COVID 19 and physical distancing.

 

Developmental Trauma & COVID-19: A Virtual DTAA Panel Discussion

  • Original date: May 13th, 2020 
  • Speakers: Leticia Gracia, Dr. Charlie Menendez, Susan O’Quinn & Sylvia Gibbons
  • Moderator: Kathy Soden, ACO PACT Manager & DTAA Chair
  • Summary: Please join a DTAA panel for a live discussion about developmental trauma and COVID-19. Together we'd like to explore and learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on people with developmental trauma, talk about what can help and provide some helpful tips and resources.

Once you are finished listening to the presentation please fill out our online survey.


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