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.
- veteran adoptive parent JoAnne Dumaresq
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Paolone is a Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter for the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto. She has worked in the field of child protection for 26 years in a variety of positions and joined the adoption team in 2013.
Thanks to the generous funding from The Circle for Children Foundation, this offering is available at no cost to participants.
Dates and Time
October 18, 2018 - December 20, 2018
7pm - 9pm
Scarborough. Additional details available after registering.
If you are interested in participating in this group, please call us at 1-877-ADOPT 20
Categories: Changing the Script, Permanency and Adoption Support Services, All ACO Events