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Parent Support Groups

Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family, however, it is still not the norm.  Although family and friends may be supportive of parents by adoption and their children, they may not truly understand the rewards and unique challenges surrounding adoption.  Whether parenting for a number of years or just starting to build a family through adoption, support groups provide adoptive and permanency planning parents with access to a network of people who all share similar experiences.  It is important for one’s health and effectiveness as a parent to be able to talk about their experiences, exchange ideas, shed a tear, share a laugh, feel less isolated, and network with others who “get it”, all without judgement.  We become better parents with this type of support. Whether group members choose to have contact through face-to-face meetings, email contact or social media, they consistently report that the support and understanding they receive from other adoptive parents is extremely helpful.  As noted by one adoptive mom, “The support group is a place where we can go and celebrate our gains.  Even in our challenging days, we are able to laugh and remember that the healing work we are doing is helping.  We feel re-energized and validated.”

The ACO has a Parent Liaison on staff who assists in the setting up and growing of parent support groups across the province. Our Parent Liaison attends the last session of our Pathways parent training program and helps families that have come together through the Pathways training, create ongoing parent support groups in their community. She also assists other parent support groups in the province. On an ongoing basis, she works with parent support leaders to ensure they have the support and skills that they need to lead the parent support group in their area.

For more information about how to establish or connect with an existing parent support group for adoptive, kinship or customary care parents, please contact Sylvia Gibbons at sylvia.gibbons@adoptontario.ca.

Please note that the following support groups are not ACO groups; they are groups established by interested parents in their communities and supported by the ACO's Parent Liaison. 

 

 

If you are interested in being a part of an adoptive/kinship/customary care parent support group in your community and don't see one in your area listed above, please contact Sylvia Gibbons, PACT Parent Liaison at sylvia.gibbons@adoptontario.ca.

If you are interested in having having your Parent Support group listed on our site and having referrals made to it, please contact Sylvia Gibbons, PACT Parent Liaison at sylvia.gibbons@adoptontario.ca.

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If you are interested in being a part of an adoptive/kinship/customary care parent support group in your community and don't see one in your area listed above, please contact Sylvia Gibbons, PACT Parent Liaison at sylvia.gibbons@adoptontario.ca.

If you are interested in having having your Parent Support group listed on our site and having referrals made to it, please contact Sylvia Gibbons, PACT Parent Liaison at sylvia.gibbons@adoptontario.ca.


 Please note that the following support groups are not ACO groups, rather, supported by the Parent Liaison.  To expand each of the following sections, please click on the title.

» Adoptive / Kinship / Customary Care Parent Support Groups in Ontario

» Provincial / National adoptive parent support groups

 

Community Partners

FASDOne - FASD groups: http://www.fasdontario.ca/cms/?s=support+groups

CANGRANDS - grandparents raising grandchildren groups: http://www.cangrands.com/

Autism: http://www.autismontario.com/client/aso/ao.nsf/Toronto/Family+-+Support+Groups

Parents for Children's Mental Health: http://www.pcmh.ca/a-z

Adopt4Life: http://www.adopt4life.com/parent2parent-support-groups/

PACT Trainers and Pathways Parent Support Leaders login here


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