March News 2019

Date: March 8, 2019 Author: ACO Administrator Categories: Adoption Newsletter
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The Adoption Council of Ontario is excited to announce that we are launching our pilot this month: Adoption Matters Online Education. This initiative is a result of the overwhelming encouragement of families and professionals for ACO to provide more training in more ways! The online education series will make it easier than ever for families and professionals to access educational webcasts through the ACO monthly, all from the comfort of your home!
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MARCH 2019
Adoption Council of Ontario
Adoption Matters
ONLINE EDUCATION
The Adoption Council of Ontario is excited to announce that we are launching our pilot this month: Adoption Matters Online Education. This initiative is a result of the overwhelming encouragement of families and professionals for ACO to provide more training in more ways! The online education series will make it easier than ever for families and professionals to access educational webcasts through the ACO monthly, all from the comfort of your home!

Transitional Planning - Contributing to Successful Adoptions and Permanency
  • Date: Monday, March 11th, 2019 (Register)
  •           Monday, April 1st, 2019 (Register)
  • Time: 7:00PM–8:30PM
Making Openness Work for Kids and Families
  • Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2019 (Register)
  •           Monday, April 29th, 2019 (Register)
  • Time: 7:00PM–8:30PM
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Childhood Trauma
  • Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019 (Register)
  •          Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 (Register)
  • Time: 7:00PM–8:30PM
Journey into the Unknown - Parent-centred and Child-focused Adoption
  • Date: Monday, March 25th, 2019 (Register)
  •           Monday, April 15th, 2019 (Register)
  • Time: 7:00PM–8:30PM
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COMPLEX MEDICAL NEEDS MEET PHILLIP

How a complex medical need affects each child is going to look very different. A child with Spina Bifida who needs crutches is going to need different supports than a child with Hydrocephalus who may have a brain shunt to help move their brain fluid. Along the same lines, parenting a child with complex medical needs may not necessarily be more difficult but it will look different. What is important to focus on are the specifics about a child’s condition/needs and not be scared off by some scary sounding diagnoses.

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When you see Phillip, he is always smiling! You can especially see his beaming smile when he is making others laugh. He is gregarious, seeking out interactions with others and beaming with pride when showing people his achievements. Dancing is Phillip's passion. He loves to dance with his friends at school. He has a close relationship with his foster family especially his foster mother whom he cherishes.



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PRIDE ONLINE SEARCH, REUNION AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Ontario families now have the flexibility of completing PRIDE training as an online course from their home.  The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) offers PRIDE Pre-Service Online via a self-paced learning environment with flexible scheduling, and the benefit of open access to nline curriculum post-course completion. 

Participants will have access to videos, discussion forums, and access to an experienced facilitator. Trainers provide feedback on completed assignments, which are shared with the learner's Adoption Practitioner at the end of the course.

The PRIDE Pre-Service Online curriculum is fully portable and maybe used to satisfy educational requirements for all adoptions whether public, private or international. 

CASs may offer Online PRIDE through their agency and Private PRIDE training sessions will continue to be offered.

For Private PRIDE offerings go here.

The Adoption Council of Ontario will be presenting a workshop on searching, finding and reconnecting with family using the latest online tools. The discussion will explore connecting with family members through companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe as well as social media tools like Facebook.

The workshop will consist of a panel that includes a private investigator and representatives from Ancestry.com and the Adoption Disclosure Registrar. Included on the panel will be people who will share their experience of finding family using these methods.

Date: May 29, 2019 from 7:00PM-9:00PM

Where: Loblaws, 2877 Bayview Ave, North York, ON

Contact: adoptionsupports@adoptontario.ca

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NTL: PATHWAYS TO POSSIBILITIES PACT: PATHWAYS TO PERMANENCE UPDATE

A young person who ages out of care does so without the one thing they were promised when they entered foster care … a permanent parent to support and guide them through life. The Never Too Late For a Family program (NTL) aims to give back the opportunity for a young person to have those lifelong unconditional connections to help them thrive. This orientation session is aimed at providing information to adults who want to find out more about becoming family to a young person from care.

Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

Where: Central Toronto

Contact: ntl@adoptontario.ca

The Evaluation Program results are in! PACT is thrilled to report strong results from a 3-year evaluation program of the Pathways to Permanence: Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma & Loss curriculum. Pathways is a 24-hour curriculum for adoptive, kinship and customary care parents and caregivers.

The results of testing demonstrate statistically significant improvement on a "pre" vs. "post" basis on a number of key measures: resilience, family functioning, and nurturing and attachment. This study contributes to the building of the evidence around the Pathways curriculum.

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BENEFITS OF REGIONAL AREs "ARE WE READY" WEBINAR

Adoption profile events like Regional Adoption Resource Exchanges(ARE) provide families with a unique opportunity to connect with children who need an adoptive family. Regional events are generally hosted by a few Children’s Aid Societies in a specific region. Sometimes, the hope is that the children can remain in the geographical area to enable the child maintaining connections with family members, cultural and community connections. Compared to the larger Provincial ARE, regional events are smaller in size with fewer children profiled. Families still have access to the AdoptOntario Online Platform in advance of the event so they can view videos and read profiles and consider questions they want to ask workers when they meet directly at the event.

As an added bonus, Regional ARE events have an education component where families can advance their learning on key adoption-planning related topics.

Upcoming Regional ARE events are:

Grand River ARE March 24, 2019

South West ARE March 30, 2019

In partnership with AdoptOntario, the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCSS) hosts the provincial Adoption Resource Exchanges (ARE). We bring hundreds of families from all across the province to learn about children awaiting adoption in Ontario. If you have not attended an ARE in the past, or even if you have, the event is a full day of learning about children, about various needs children in care may have, about the adoption process, and learning a bit about yourselves and your family along the way!

AdoptOntario has an exclusive webinar “ARE We Ready”, to help families prepare for the conference, before, during and after! Families have found this webinar to be very helpful in knowing what to expect, how to speak with workers, how to create a family profile, how to read a child’s profile, and how to manage expectations and emotions the day might bring, among other important topics.

Learning as much as they can about what happens at an ARE, as well as how to prepare emotionally, mentally and physically, is very beneficial to families. This webinar gives families a chance to ask an AdoptOntario Clinical Coordinator any questions they may have before attending. Following the webinar, families should feel prepared with tools and techniques to help make their ARE experience a rich and effective one.

Grand River "Are We Ready" March 19, 2019

MCSS "Are We Ready" April 16, 2019

   
Upcoming Events

 

Transitional Planning

Transitional Planning with Judy Archer, MSW, RSW. For all parties to the adoption process–the child, the birth parents, the prospective caregivers, and the foster parents-particularly if they have been caring for the child for any length of time, adoption and permanency planning are profound, life-altering events.

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Making Openness Work for Kids and Families

Openness in Adoption with Pat Convery, Executive Director of the Adoption Council of Ontario. The course will give an overview of Openness in Adoption from the perspective of benefits and challenges for all members of the family – birth family members, adopted children and adoptive parents.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Childhood Trauma

Lauren Ireland, MA, BCBA, discusses the causes/contributors, symptoms and life-long impacts of two brain-based, physical disabilities that are not uncommon in children who are currently awaiting an adoptive placement as well as those who have already been placed for adoption: prenatal exposure to alcohol and childhood trauma.

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Journey into the Unknown

Journey into the Unknown: Parent Centred/Child Focused Adoption with Elaine Ash, MSW, RSW, mental health therapist, and her adult daughter, Ashley, who was placed with Elaine six years prior. Elaine and Ashley provide candid yet heartwarming insights into the unique challenges, feelings, beliefs and corresponding needs of older children who join their families by adoption.

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Education Day

ACO Education Day will be on Saturday, April 27th, in conjunction with the MCSS Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) on Sunday, April 28th. ACO Education Day is a great day of learning, sharing and connecting for pre-adoptive families, and adoptive, kinship and customary care families, as well as the professionals who support them.

The theme is Identity & Belonging: Supporting the Lifelong Journey of Adoption and Adoptive Families. The keynote speaker is Dianne Mathes. A choice of workshops will be offered.

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Trauma Workshop for Educators - Ottawa

Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Wellbeing workshop and a Resource Village to parents and educators in Ottawa on Saturday May 4. Registration is Open!

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Trauma Workshop for Educators - London

Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Wellbeing workshop and a Resource Village to parents and educators in London on Saturday May 11. Registration is Open!


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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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