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Barrie ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals ©

Understanding and healing family-based
trauma and loss:

Facilitating and supporting permanence for children and families through adoption, kinship and customary care

An 8-day (48 hour) Curriculum

Barrie ACT Training Dates & Times:

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions
60 Bell Farm Rd, Unit 7
Barrie, L4M 5G6

(See map below) 

All sessions are held from 9AM-4PM


Day 1: Monday, February 27, 2016
Day 2: Tuesday, February 28, 2016

Day 3: Monday, March 27, 2017
Day 4: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 5: Monday, April 24, 2017
Day 6: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 7: Monday, May 29, 2017
Day 8: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

About the ACT Training

“This curriculum should be required for anyone who is entering the field of adoption and permanency.”- (ACT graduate)

Adoption and permanency create issues that are both complex and lifelong for children, adoptive parents and caregivers, and birth families. In addition, children in the child welfare system are more likely to have experienced trauma than other children, resulting in emotional and behavioral problems that create additional strain for adoptive parents and caregivers. The serious shortage of pre- and post-permanency service providers that fully appreciate these complex issues frequently leads to families feeling isolated, frustrated and hopeless, often leading to disrupted adoptions or foster care placements, and children being placed in group homes or residential treatment. The ACO, in partnership with Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies, is very pleased to offer the ACT curriculum for the first time in Ontario to address this significant gap in services to our adoptive, kinship and customary care families.

Detailed Information about ACT

Click here for detailed information on ACT including Course Objectives, detailed Session Overviews for all 8 days of the ACT curriculum, the Core Competencies of the ACT curriculum, Evaluation Results of ACT’s Effectiveness and background on the development of ACT.


  • Sylvia Gibbons,
    Sylvia founded and runs a Support Group for Adoptive Families and founded and runs an Adopted Youth Group, both of which are in Simcoe County. She is the ACO's PACT Parent Liaison. In this newly created role she will assist and guide Pathways parent groups to form ongoing parent support groups in their communities. Sylvia continues to provide peer support to many adoptive families throughout Ontario. Sylvia has been a PRIDE trainer for eight years. Sylvia is also an adoptive parent.

  • Lorraine Franco, MSW,
    Lorraine is a mental health therapist and an approved adoption practitioner. She worked as a Child and Family Therapist at a children’s mental health agency and now works in private practice. She provides counseling to children, adolecents, adults, couples and families struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, attachment, grief and loss, infertility, identity, parenting, adoption and domestic violence. She has been providing mental health therapy to clients for over 17 years. She has also experience working in child welfare.


Cost: $1,200 per person. This includes a 600-page training and resource manual on CD; and refreshments on all training days.

Registration & Payment: Registration for this session is now closed.  To see other ACT offerings in Ontario, click here to go to our events page.

Potential $500 Reimbursement of ACT fees: Social workers and social service workers who are registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers are eligible to apply to the College for a reimbursement of up to $500 of PD activities. We understand that the ACT training fees have qualified for this reimbursement. Please see more information at

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day (lunch is on your own).

Certificate: A certificate of completion will be provided.

Note: The ACT course meets the qualification for 48 CEU hours for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the state of California, USA. The ACO will pursue ACT’s eligibility in Ontario for professional continuing education hours.

Would you like this ACT training to come to your region?

This information will help us to determine demand for PACT trainings by region, and you will be signed up for the ACO Newsletter to be notified about new offerings. 

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© ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals and Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children who have Experienced Trauma and Loss are copyrights of Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies in California. Through a partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies, Adoption Council of Ontario owns the exclusive Ontario license to ACT and Pathways 2.



Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

60 Bell Farm Rd
Barrie, L4M 5G6

Categories: PACT for Professionals, Permanency Adoption Competency Training, All ACO Events, All Parent Events, Professional Development Days, Special Needs (General)


Starts: 2017-02-27 09:00:00
Ends: 2017-02-27 16:00:00

Starts: 2017-02-28 09:00:00
Ends: 2017-02-28 16:00:00

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