June News 2019

Date: June 7, 2019 Author: ACO Administrator Categories: Adoption Newsletter
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ACO's annual fundraiser and funfair is back and better than ever! This year's Carnival theme is sure to bring the adoption community together while also raising some much needed funds for critical programs.
   
  JUNE 2019
10TH ANNUAL FUNWALK!

ACO's annual fundraiser and funfair is back and better than ever! This year's Carnival theme is sure to bring the adoption community together while also raising some much needed funds for critical programs.

With more games, prizes, and live entertainment we are sure that the 10-year anniversary of #ACOFunWalk is going to be the biggest event we've seen yet! We cannot wait to celebrate with you on September 15th in Riverdale Park!


Self-care Tips From a Paren Trainer Parent Leadership Training Update
SPECIAL OFFERING FOR KINSHIP FAMILIES DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA REPORT

This Winter the PACT program had the opportunity to hold a special Pathways training especially for Kinship families. In many of our Pathways sessions we have some kinship families and we recognized that the issues that they face and the perspectives that they bring are often more complex than other families.

Working with a group of kinship families in Simcoe County we piloted a special offering of Pathways to them. It was an amazing heart-felt experience for all involved.

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The Developmental Trauma Action Alliance is proud to release the Report on our Healing Childhood Trauma Together campaign Roundtables. During the Fall of 2018, we had the opportunity to hold ten Roundtable discussions about develop mental trauma in eight Ontario cities and two virtually. It was amazing to talk with more than 250 people across the province through the Roundtables discussions. Through the campaign we now have over 400 people who are interested in this initiative and want to be kept in the loop about developmental trauma.

Let's keep talking and working together to help heal and prevent developmental trauma.

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Educator Workshops Parent Leadership Training Update
TRAUMA & LOSS WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS SUMMER COURSE FOR ADOPTION PROFESSIONALS

In August, we will be bringing our full-day Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Wellbeing workshop to teachers and other educators in Barrie, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, and Toronto.

Cost is $75 per person. Registration dates will be posted soon, at www.adoption.on.ca/events.

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Our next ACT offering for professionals will be held in the GTA in July and August as a "summer intensive".

Encourage the professionals you work with to take this important training program so they are better able to support your family.

Location: The George Hull Centre for Children and Families
81 The East Mall, Etobicoke, ON


Date: July 15th, 2019 - August 2nd, 2019
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Cost: $1,300 per person. This includes a training and resource manual, and refreshments on all training days.

register
   
Online Education Parent Leadership Training Update
ONLINE EDUCATION: ADOPTION MATTERS ACO NEWS: BECOME A VOTING MEMBER

The Adoption Council of Ontario is excited to announce that we are launching more Adoption Matters Online Education opportunities. 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
Monday, June 10, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Making Openness Work for Kids and Families
Monday, June 24, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019

Older Child Adoption - Journey Into the Unknown
Monday, June 17, 2019
Monday, July 8, 2019

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ACO DIRECTOR PAT CONVERY IS RETIRING

In February 2007, I was hired as the Executive Director of the Adoption Council of Ontario. At the time, the ACO had a staff of one other full-time staff and three contract workers who worked part-time. AdoptOntario was in its second year as a Ministry program; ACO hosted two Education Days a year; and, we answered How To Adopt calls using "student power".

12 years later, we still have at our core the belief that kids need families and families need support, and we have grown our staff and programs immensely. I am so proud of all the work we have done over the last decade: growing AdoptOntario; launching the Pathways and Adoption Competency Training (ACT); continuing to support adoptive families through Permanency and Adoption Support Services (PASS); doing monthly How To Adopt Sessions; offering workshops for teacher and educators; leading the launch of the Developmental Trauma Action Alliance (DTAA); launching the Never Too Late project; supporting parent-run support groups across the province; supporting Search and Reunion support groups, and increasing our education offerings both in person and online.

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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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