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.
Judy Archer, MSW, RSW, is a mental health therapist who recently joined the ACO as manager of the Permanency and Adoption Support Services team in 2016. Judy has over 40 years of experience working in the field of adoption, foster 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 services agencies in both Vancouver and Northern Ontario
Thanks to the generous funding from The Circle for Children Foundation, this offering is available at no cost to participants.
Dates and Time
September 27, 2018 - November 29, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Barrie. 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