Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #4

"There are no healthy kids avaliable for adoption."

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Adoption Training

There is a mandatory training course called Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) for all adoptive applicants in Ontario. It is a 9-module, 27-hour educational program that is interconnected with the homestudy process.


Adoption Training

Private PRIDE sessions are offered on a variety of schedules, including evening and weekend sessions. Prospective adoptive parents may enrol in any PRIDE session that is convenient to them. Whenever possible, applicant participation in the adoption training program should be coincide with their adoption homestudy. The PRIDE curriculum provides information to help prepare all adoptive parents for the responsibilities involved in raising their children.

All PRIDE trainers have received comprehensive training and have been approved by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Each session is taught by two co-leaders, one an adoption professional and the other an experienced adoptive or foster parent. The course is designed to address the common learning needs of all group participants, regardless of their specific adoption plans. Once an applicant has completed their pride training, their certification will never expire and is valid for any type of adoption.


Topics covered during adoption training include:

  • Adoption and child welfare systems, processes and laws
  • Attachment as a central issue in all adoptions
  • Loss issues in adoption
  • Impact of adoption on family members
  • Child development, child management, and an overview of issues specific to the needs of adopted children
  • The effects of neglect, lack of stimulation, abuse, and institutionalization on children
  • Identity formation and the importance of cultural and racial awareness
  • The importance of connections and continuity for children

[ Click here to find a PRIDE training course ]