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Home » Search » ACO Education Day: Partners in Permanence, Strengthening Our Networks of Support

ACO Education Day: Partners in Permanence, Strengthening Our Networks of Support

Education Day is an excellent opportunity for adoptive and pre-adoptive families, and the professionals who work with them, to learn and connect with one another.

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED


Keynote Speaker

Kim Stevens 

Parenting is best done in a supportive community. For adoptive parents and their children, this is even more important. Kim’s keynote presentation will provide an overview of the supports being built in communities throughout Ontario, explore the importance of a menu of supports that respond to the developmental needs of children and families over time, and offer specific strategies for adoptive families.

About Kim

Kim Stevens is a program manager at North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), and works on a variety of projects including Community Champions Network post-adoption support in Ontario, AdoptUSKids, and a US federally-funded training grant.

In her 28 years of child welfare work, Kim has provided training and consultation on child welfare, foster care, adoption, parenting, positive youth development, advocacy and leadership, trauma and recovery, and youth permanency issues both nationally and internationally.

Since 2006 Kim has been working in Ontario connecting with parents, youth, professionals, and community members. She has provided training on assessment and preparation, parent leadership development, mentoring programs, adolescent permanency, openness in adoption, trauma and loss, adoption competency, youth advocacy and engagement, building coalitions, and more.

She and her husband, Buddy have six children, four of whom were adopted from the public foster care system.


Special Presentation 

ACO Youth Network Panel


Agenda: 

  • Registrations & Exhibitors
    8:15AM - 9:00AM
  • Keynote Speaker: Kim Stevens
    9:00AM - 10:00AM 
  • Break
    10:00AM - 10:30AM
  • Morning Workshops
    10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Lunch & Connecting
    11:45AM - 1:00PM
  • Special Presentation
    1:00PM - 2:15PM 
  • Break 
    2:15PM - 2:45PM 
  • Afternoon Workshops
    2:45PM - 4:00PM
  • Closing Remarks
    4:00PM - 4:15PM  

Workshops

At registration, please choose one workshop for the morning session and one workshop for the afternoon session. For a more detailed description of each Workshop and our Speakers' bios, please click here.

AM (10:30AM - 11:45AM) 

  • Developmental Trauma: A Framework for Understanding Our Children
    Dr. Charlie Menendez
    For: Adoptive families and professionals
  • Positive Approaches to Openness
    Pat Convery and Susan Watt
    For: Pre-adoptive parent, adoptive families and professionals
  • Mindfulness Practices for Busy Parents and Professionals
    Lorraine Franco
    For: Adoptive parents and professionals
  • FASD: Finding Hope
    Judy Archer
    For: Pre-adoptive parent, adoptive families and professionals
  • Why am I Always Yelling?
    Jacquie Tjandra
    For: Adoptive families

PM (2:45PM - 4:00PM)

  • A Conversation with Dads
    Dr. Charlie Menendez
    For: Adoptive families
  • Educating the Educators: the Need for Adoption-Informed Teachers
    Elaine Quinn, RWS and Lori De Witte
    For: Adoptive families and professionals
  • Mindfulness Practices for Busy Parents and Professionals
    Lorraine Franco
    For: Adoptive parents and professionals
  • DIFFERENT Parenting:  Practical Strategies for Autism at Home
    Liz Le Brun
    For: Pre-adoptive parent, adoptive families and professionals
  • Partnering With Your Child Through Search & Reunion
    Jacquie Tjandra & Beverley Nettleton 
    For: Adoptive families and professionals

Exhibitors

Limited exhibitor space is available. Contact pact@adoptontario.ca for more information.


What have people said about this Education Day?

”Life-transforming.”

On the guest speakers…

“Great speaker. Some of the stuff she said might have been a bit scary (although realistic) but tempered with real life success.”

“A great presentation from a practitioner's perspective; honest, thoughtful, and allowed for great discussion and information sharing.”

On the workshops…

“[The facilitator] has an energy and way of communicating that was informative and engaging.”

“Lots of clear, helpful, useful, and practical examples and strategies. We better understand the concept of attachment, its issues, and enjoyed being able to share our thoughts and questions as a group.”


Youth Conference Day

ACO is proud to be hosting a Youth Conference Day concurrently with Education Day for youth age 12+. This Youth Conference will provide a space for young people with adoption as part of their story to be creative and connect. 

Pre-registration for this day is required. Limited space is available. Parents must be registered for Education Day for youth under 18.

Details
$20/youth
Includes: Pizza Lunch, Snacks and Beverages

Tickets for Youth Conference Day can be bought through ACO Education Day registration. To register for ACO Education Day and/or the Youth Conference, click "Register Now" to the right. 

*Please note: Childcare is not being offered to children or youth during Education Day.


Get Informed

If you are a pre-adoptive parent, and are not yet familiar with the adoption process, you would benefit from attending our How to Adopt seminar before Education Day to learn more about adopting in Ontario! You can find an upcoming How to Adopt by clicking here.


Details

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:15AM - 4:15AM

Registration Deadline
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cost
Registration: $70/person
Light lunch and refreshments included.


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Location
St. Marguerite d'Youville Secondary School
10815 Dixie Rd 
Brampton, L6R 2W5 
ON, CA

Location

Brampton - St. Marguerite d'Youville

10815 Dixie Rd
Brampton, L6R 2W5
ON, CA


Categories: Education Day , PACT for Families, Parent Events (ACO), All ACO Events, All Parent Events, NACAC

Dates

Starts: 2017-04-29 08:15:00
Ends: 2017-04-29 16:15:00

Contact Information

PACT Program
pact@adoptontario.ca
1-877-236-7820