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Upcoming Events


May 2019



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 how to have a successful pre-adoption and post-adoption family.

Transitional Planning - Contributing to Successful Adoptions and Permanency


Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

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

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Childhood Trauma


Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Childhood Trauma with Lauren Ireland, MA, BCBA.

Lauren discusses the causes/contributors, symptoms and life-long impacts of two brain-based, physical disabilities that are not uncommon in children who are currently awaiting an adoptive placement as well as those who have already been placed on adoption: prenatal exposure to alcohol and childhood trauma. Of equal importance, parents and professionals alike will learn about the skill-based parenting approach as well as the tools and strategies that have proven to be highly effective with these children. Given the disproportionate number of waiting children with suspected FASD, anyone who is parenting a child with confirmed or suspected FASD or historical trauma, or both, as well as any potential adoptive and permanency planning parents or professionals working with children and families will benefit enormously from this thought-provoking, highly informative, educational webcast. 

Goal: Raise awareness about the lifelong impact of two brain-based, physical disabilities:  FASD and childhood trauma

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

  • Identify contributors to and symptoms of both FASD and childhood trauma
  • Explain the systemic, lifelong impacts of prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs on the fetus and the developing child
  • Describe the skill-based approach to parenting children with FASD and why it is more effective than other parenting approaches (i.e., motivational model)
  • Identify specific parenting tools and strategies that have proven effective over the long-term, with children with FASD
  • List common attributes and strengths of children with FASD
  • Know how to find resources and services that will heighten their understanding about FASD even further
  • Discuss the importance of being well-informed about FASD and childhood trauma, pre and/or post-placement 

Making Openness Work for Kids and Families


Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Openness in Adoption with Pat Convery, 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.


  • 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

Older Child Adoption: Parent-Centered and Child-Focused Adoption


Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

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

Technical Requirements: 

Please use a laptop or desktop computer with an internet speed of at least 10mbps. Use of iPads, tablets, and mobile phones is not recommended as some media may not be supported

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