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Pathways to Permanence 2:

Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and Loss ©

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Toronto 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

Toronto ACT Training Dates & Times:

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families
81 The East Mall,
Etobicoke, M8Z 5W3

(See map below).

All sessions are held from 9AM-4PM



Day 1: Friday, February 3, 2017
Day 2: Monday, February 6, 2017

Day 3: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Day 4: Friday, March 3, 2017

Day 5: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Day 6: Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 7: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Day 8: Friday, May, 26, 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.


  • Judy Archer, MSW,
    Judy is a mental health professional who has recently joined the ACO as Manager of Permanency and Adoption Support Services.  Judy has over 40 years of experience working in the field of adoption, children-in-care, and special needs. She has also had the privilege of providing a myriad of mental health services in First Nation communities on Vancouver Island and at family service agencies in Northern Ontario. Judy is an experienced trainer and has also been involved in writing adoption related curriculum for the Ministry in British Columbia.

  • Marguerite McCarron, BA, TCPP,
    Marguerite is a mental health therapist in private practice. She has experience working in both child welfare and children’s mental health settings providing a range of direct clinical and management services. She has over 25 years of experience working with children and adolescents presenting with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs. She specializes in attachment focused and trauma informed services to fostered and adopted children, youth and their families.


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

Registration & Payment: To register online and pay in full (by credit card) click here. If you would like to pay by cheque and/or cheque instalments please click here instead of registering through the link above.

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.


George Hull Centre

81 The East Mall
Toronto, M8Z 5W3

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


Starts: 2017-02-03 09:00:00
Ends: 2017-02-03 16:00:00

Starts: 2017-02-06 09:00:00
Ends: 2017-02-06 16:00:00

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