ACO worked collectively with youth, families, educators and other professionals to develop a workshop to assist educators in creating school communities of well-being for adopted and foster children, and other vulnerable children, who have been touched by trauma and loss. The Workshop was piloted with great success in May 2017 to a diverse group of Ontario educators.
Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Well-being is available as a Professional Activity day offering in 2017/18 at a cost of $1,000 for a 3-hour session and $2,000 for a full-day workshop.
ACO can accommodate large and small groups within a school community or across a school board. Our trainers are located in many regions of the province to be sensitive to local needs and facilitate this interactive workshop in communities/school boards. If you would like more information about the workshop please contact ACO's Permanency and Adoption Competency Training Program at email@example.com.
Ontario’s foster and adopted children and youth have experienced significant loss and trauma in their young lives and we all must do our best to create environments in which they are able to thrive and heal.
They deserve nothing less.
General Adoption Information
Childhood Development & Adoption
ADOPTION & SCHOOLS
The "movement” to create trauma-sensitive schools is very active in the US. For a comprehensive overview of how to create Trauma-Sensitive Schools, please visit www.traumasensitiveschools.org. In the resource section you can find two excellent resource volumes:
Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI): TraumaSensitive Schools Descriptive Study
For additional trauma-informed school based resources (books, guides, manuals, webinars, etc.) check out www.beyondconsequences.com/schools.
To view an interesting report on how US schools are addressing the crisis of childhood trauma see this NBC news report. It includes some good information, some great tips for schools and an 8-minute video called Welcome to the Calm Room about a particular US school's approach.
Helpful Tools & Tips
*Ontario Addendum to the UK Guide, prepared by Lori DeWitte, an Ontario elementary school principal and an adoptive parent. This addendum highlights the law in Ontario for special education and school attendance age.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES & TRAUMA
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
Complex (Early Life/Developmental) Trauma
For more information about childhood and developmental trauma click here.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
DATA & STATISTICS
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