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Home » Search » ACO's Toronto Education Day: Supporting the Lifelong Journey of Adoptive Families

ACO's Toronto Education Day: Supporting the Lifelong Journey of Adoptive Families

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.

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Keynote: Hope & Healing
Presented by Karen Moore

Hope is the constant in the permanency journey..from contemplating adoption, to the homestudy process to the waiting for placement, to those early days with your child and the lifetime of being your child's parent...hope is what keeps you dreaming, making plans, keeps your head above water when nothing else will work.

Join us to explore hope in this journey and how to maintain hope when it matters most!

About Karen 

Karen is a mental health professional, a creative and innovative manager and leader in Lanark County. She is the Clinical Director at Open Doors, a children’s mental health centre in Lanark County. She has been involved in the world of adoption and children’s mental health for many years through her experience in social work, training and development and leadership positions. Karen is also an adoptive parent of four children.


Special Presentation 

ACO Youth Network Panel at 1:00pm

We are also offering a YOUTH SPECIAL!  For youth who are interested in joining us for lunch, the Youth Panel and the Youth Network Workshop in the afternoon we are offering special afternoon tickets for only $20!


 Agenda:

  • Registrations & Exhibitors
    8:15AM - 9:00AM
  • Keynote Speaker: Karen Moore
    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 - 2:00PM 
  • Break 
    2:00PM - 2:30PM
  • Afternoon Workshops
    2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Closing Remarks
    3:45PM - 4:00PM  

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.

Morning (10:30AM - 11:45AM) 

  • Building Emotional Resilience to Address Compassion Fatigue in Adoptive Parents
    Sheilagh O'Sullivan
    For: Adoptive/kinship/customary care families  
  • Parenting to Enhance Attachment  
    Mary-Jo Land
    For: Adoptive/kinship/customary care families  
  • Social Media & Openness in Adoption: The Best Defense is a Good Offence
    Pat Convery
    For: Adoptive/kinship/customary care families
  • Understanding FASD & Innovating Our Response 
    Sheila Burns
    For: Adoptive/kinship/customary care families, professionals
  • Welcome to the Extended family!
    Karen Moore
    For: Pre-adoptive families, adoptive/kinship/customary care families

Afternoon (2:30PM - 3:45PM)

  • Developmental Trauma & Ontario's new Developmental Trauma Action Alliance
    DTAA Panel Presentation
    For: Adoptive/kinship/customary care families, professionals
  • Give Them What They Need, Not What They Deserve
    Terra Bovingdon
    For: Pre-adoptive families
  • Open Adoption: Minimizing Loss, Maximizing Permanency
    Tara Noble
    For: Professionals
  • Parenting With Your Child Through Search & Reunion
    Jacquie Tjandra and Beverley Nettleton
    For: Adoptive families and professional

  • Youth Networks: Why They're Awesome & How to Build Them
    Brad Gibbons & Sylvia Gibbons
    For: Adoptive/kinship/customary care families  

Exhibitors

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


What have people said about 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.”

 


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 28, 2018
9:00AM - 4:00PM (Registration opens at 8:15AM)

Registration Deadline
Wednesday, April 25, 2018; 9:00AM

Cost
Early Bird Special availale until March 31 - $65/person
Regular price as of April 1 - $75/person
Afternoon youth ticket - $20/youth
Light lunch and refreshments included.
**Please contact pact@adoptontario.ca if affordablity is an issue.


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Location
Centennial College Story Arts Centre
951 Carlaw Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4K 3M2

Location

Centennial College Story Arts Centre

951 Carlaw Ave.
Toronto, M4K 3M2
ON, CA


Categories: Education Day , Parent Events (ACO), All ACO Events, Special Needs (General)

Dates

2018-04-28 00:00:00 (All day event)