January News 2019

Date: January 11, 2019 Author: ACO Administrator Categories: Adoption Newsletter
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As we enter a new year we want to first THANK everyone for their wonderful support in the year behind us. Our Adoption Awareness Month and Holiday Giving campaigns have given us such inspiration to keep building our programs to connect children with families and to support families on the lifelong journey of adoption. We are ready to ramp up our efforts in 2019. Our News Year's Resolution is simple - to renew our commitment to working in partnership with professionals and families toward a common goal - a stable, loving and nurturing family for every child and youth. This is why we want to launch our 2019 with this newsletter highlighting and updating some key initiatives to promote permanency for children and support for adoptive, kinship and customary care families.
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Happy 2019! Let's make this year even better
As we enter a new year we want to first THANK everyone for their wonderful support in the year behind us. Our Adoption Awareness Month and Holiday Giving campaigns have given us such inspiration to keep building our programs to connect children with families and to support families on the lifelong journey of adoption.

We are ready to ramp up our efforts in 2019. Our News Year's Resolution is simple - to renew our commitment to working in partnership with professionals and families towards a common goal - a stable, loving and nurturing family for every child and youth. 

This is why we want to launch our 2019 with this newsletter highlighting and updating some key initiatives to promote permanency for children and support for adoptive, kinship and customary care families.
ACO SUCCESS IN 2018

We are proud to report the growth of all program areas with positive impact to children and families:

Stay tuned! Over the next few months we will be launching some of our newer intitiatives: Never Too Late for a Family, Developmental Trauma Action Alliance.
   
Kids Korner Time To Attach
MEET SYLVIA & HARPER TIME TO ATTACH
Sylvia and Harper are two sisters who love all things Disney and being read to before bed. They know all of the Disney Princesses with their favourite being Elsa and Ana from Frozen.

Older sister Sylvia will walk the shelves of the library picking out the books she wants to. Her preferred time for stories is at night, right before bed when she can pick out one of her favourite books! She has a hard time narrowing down her favourites to just one though!

Harper has similar interests but also loves being outdoors and going to play centres. Her favourite show is Paw Patrol.






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"Building a family through adoption can present families with several obstacles: new routines must be established at home and elsewhere, new relationships must be fostered and new bonds or attachments formed." (Heather Stewart, University of Western Ontario (UWO) - Time to Attach Research team)

Please support a 15-week Attachment Leave to be added to our Federal Employment Insurance program for adoptive, kinship and customary families.

Want to help?


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IT TAKES A VILLAGE PATHWAYS TO PERMANENCY

A key feature of the Pathways to Permanence program is the opportunity to work ongoing with parents to develop parent-led support groups in their community. Sylvia Gibbons, Parent-Group Liaison, is currently working with more than 50 evolving volunteer, parent-led groups around the province.

Additionally, Adopt4Life provides peer-to-peer support and leads some parent groups in some regions in the Province.

The ultimate goal of these initiatives is to ensure that families are welcomed into the community and helped to connect with services and resources they need, when they need them.

To explore options for a new or waiting family to connect with a group in their region, contact PASS@adoptontario.ca

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More than 800 families have attended Pathways to Permanence as ACO has rolled around the province delivering this amazing program, funded by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS).

University of Toronto has just competed an evaluation of the effectiveness of this program. We will be sharing their results in the months to come.

Winter Offerings are open for registration. Click here.

Upcoming Offerings:

Barrie, January 9 - February 27
Durham, January 10 - March 21
Hamilton, January 21 - March 25
North Bay, February 2 - February 24
Parkdale, January 16 - March 27
Pembroke, February 16 - March 23
Sault Ste. Marie, January 19 - February 20
Thunder Bay, January 22 - April 6
Toronto LGBTQ+, January 26 - March 2
Windsor, January 12 - March 2

   
Training For Professionals Online Adoption Events
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ONLINE ADOPTION EVENTS

Families will need the additional support of trauma and adoption competent professionals in their community. Take a look at our upcoming two workshops.

Adoption Competency Training (ACT) Winter Session (Toronto)

This 8-day session runs over four months and provides workers with very high level learning and skills development as well as an opportunity to be listed on ACO's Professional resource list.

Date: February 4 to May 3, 2019
Cost: $1,300

register

Adoption Across the Lifespan

ACO offers professionals a series of half day or full-day workshops that can be delivered at your agency/community.

Workshop Offerings:

  • Transitional Planning
  • Talking to Kids about the Tough Stuff
  • Healing from Trauma and Loss
  • Open for Discussion: proactive planning for openness after adoption
  • Adoptive parenting and Social Media: the best defense is a good offence
  • Looking Through a Permanency & Adoption Lens: Understanding the Complex Mental Health of Children, Youth and Their Families

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AdoptOntario’s Online Adoption Events are one of the many ways that families are able to learn more about children and youth who are in foster care and waiting for an adoptive family.

Upcoming Events:

Family Education Panel on Children with Specific Medical Needs

We will hear from multiple adoptive families who are currently parenting a child with medical needs.

Date: January 16th, 2019

register


Family Education Panel on Children with Specific Medical Needs

Come meet some kids who are truly exceptional as they grow and develop with some special medical requirements!

Date: January 23rd, 2019

register

Profile Event on Autism

With support, resources and a loving dedicated family, youth impacted by autism spectrum disorder can live successful lives.

Date: January 29th, 2019

register

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

   
Want to share your story? Are you interested in sharing your story, or being a guest blogger for the ACO? We want to hear from you. Tell us about your experiences with adoption at https://www.adoption.on.ca/share-your-story

Adoption Council of Ontario
The Adoption Council of Ontario is a not-for-profit providing outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parents, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario. We deal with public adoption, private adoption, international adoption and relative adoption. Since 1987, we have been working towards a provincial community where all children have families forever.

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