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Richmond Hill Changing the Script: Relationship is the Key ©

"THE KIDS COME TO US WITH BAGS WE HAVE NOT PACKED."

- veteran adoptive parent JoAnne Dumaresq.

Adoptive parents, especially those who are raising children who have experienced significant loss and trauma, tell us over and over again that they are surprised and sometimes at a loss as to how to deal with their children’s behaviour. Challenging behaviours can interfere with the parent-child relationship and threaten the foundation of permanence on which adoption and permanency planning are based. We believe that supporting the parent/child relationship is the key to family stability and ultimately to permanency. Through this group, the Adoption Council of Ontario offers adoptive parents a safe forum in which to meet and share their experiences, to reflect and problem solve together. The sessions are facilitated by adoption competent, trauma informed clinicians.

What are participants saying?

  • "The facilitators are so experienced, so supportive and knowledgeable, trustworthy."
  • "We feel understood like no other place about our adopt[ion] journey"
  • "This group was LIFE CHANGING!! I wish that every prospective adoptive family could be a part of a group. We can not imagine our family's life without this group."
  • "This group helped me survive parenting and helped us [as] a couple survive our marriage."
  • "It is a safe and supportive setting in which to share our struggles and worries. Most participants have said that the group was the only place where they felt comfortable doing that."

Who is this for? 

Families most in need who may be parenting in isolation or struggling with the day-to-day care of their child. Maximum participants per group is ten.

How does it work? 

Weekly meetings provide the opportunity for families to understand how their child(ren)’s (and their own) previous life experiences have shaped their respective views of the world and their behaviors.

This group gives participants an opportunity to tell their families’ story and share their experiences. While there is an educational component to this program, the main focus of Changing the Script is a facilitated group process which encourages sharing and reflective discussions within a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment.

ACO provides additional clinical support to families beyond the group format as needed.

Who runs this group? 

Karen McLennan, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker and an Approved Adoption Practitioner. She has worked in the areas of adoption, child welfare, and bereavement for over 30 years, and she is now in private practice. She provides pre and post adoption support to individuals and families, and has extensive counseling experience in the areas of grief and loss, trauma, attachment, identity, parenting, and the core issues of adoption. She has been facilitating the Changing the Script: Relationship is the Key therapeutic support groups since 2013.  

Details

Cost 

Thanks to the generous funding from The Circle for Children Foundation, this offering is available at no cost to participants.

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Dates

This group meets weekly on Wednesdays evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

June: 21, 28
July: 5, 12, 19 26
August: 2

Location 

Richmon Hill. Additional details available after registering.

Registration

If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact us at pass@adoptontario.ca or call us at 1-877-ADOPT 20 ext. 2888

Location



Richmond Hill,
ON, CA


Categories: Parent Events (ACO), All Parent Events, All ACO Events, Changing the Script

Dates

Starts: 2017-06-21 19:00:00
Ends: 2017-06-21 21:00:00

Contact Information

Judy Archer
pass@adoptontario.ca
1-877-236-7820 (2888)