"THE KIDS COME TO US WITH BAGS WE HAVE NOT PACKED."
- veteran adoptive parent
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. Over the past 3 years, the Adoption Council of Ontario has offered adoptive parents a safe forum in which to meet and share their experiences, to reflect and problem solve together. These meetings are facilitated by expert clinicians on the staff of the Adoption Council of Ontario.
They are modelled on a program called "Changing the Script: Relationship is the Key" ©
What are participants saying?
Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about groups in your area. email@example.com
Click here to download our Changing the Script flyer.
Families can receive direct or indirect social work support through our Post Adoption Support program.. Referrals for post adoption support can come directly from families, from CAS agencies , mental health professionals or other community partners. To adoptees, adoptive families and birth families we deliver personalized help, expert navigation, training and timely post adoption services that are available from first placement and throughout the lifelong journey. To professional and community members we provide adoption support, resources, training and information. We actively advocate with government, policy-makers and stakeholders to advance post adoption services and address gaps.
We offer families our SANE (Support, Anticipation, Normalization and Education) approach to adoptive parenting. While our services are in the developmental stages, we are aiming to meet the identified post adoption needs as they are presented to us by families and agencies across the province. Our vision is to develop comprehensive Post Adoption programs to meet the needs of all families in our adoption community.
Consultations are available by telephone and email. Home visits are also available in the GTA.
The Adoption Council of Ontario has been developing a Youth Network which will give adopted youth ages 14-25 the chance to connect and provide a platform for messages that they wish to share with the community. Recently, we have focused on encouraging youth to start groups in their own communities with our support. If you are interested in attending a Youth Network meeting, or starting a group in your area please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-482-0021 ex. 2888. For more information on the Youth Network, click here.
The Permanency and Adoption Support Services (PASS) Team offers support and assistance with reunion and reconnection and hosts a Search and Reunion Support Group typically on the last Monday of every month. Please see our events page for specific dates and details or contact email@example.com for more information about reunion and reconnection.
Click here to download our Search and Reunion Support Group flyer.
Currently we offer a opportunity for families to connect with experienced peers who can identify with their adoption experience. Our hope is to develop a full peer to peer support and mentorship program in the future.
Permanency and Adoption Support Services
Adoption Council of Ontario
(416) 482-0021 ex. 2888
The Permanency and Adoption Support Services program is generously funded by: