Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #6

"There are no more international adoptions."

Sign up for our Newsletter!

For news about adoption and
adoption related events. 

Upcoming Events

«

September 2018

»
S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

 

Permanency and Adoption Support Services

The ACO with the support of the Circle for Children Foundation, is providing a clinical post adoption/permanency social work service to the adoption community.


Support Group

Changing the Script- Relationship is The Key ©

"THE KIDS COME TO US WITH BAGS WE HAVE NOT PACKED."
- veteran adoptive parent
JoAnne Dumaresq.

Adoptive and permanency planning parents, especially those who are raising children who have experienced significant loss and trauma, are often at loss as to how to deal with the complex challenges and behaviours presented by their children. Since 2013, ACO has offered adoptive and permanency planning parents a safe venue in which to do the following: share their experiences, reflect, problem solve and gain invaluable support from others going through similar experiences. A 10-session, closed group, CTS is facilitated by adoption-competent, trauma-informed social workers and counsellors.

They are modelled on a program called "Changing the Script: Relationship is the Key" ©

What are participants saying? 

  • "The facilitators are so experienced, so supportive and knowledgeable, trustworthy."
  • "We feel understood like no other place about our adopt[ion] journey"
  • "This group was LIFE CHANGING!! I wish that every prospective adoptive family could be a part of a group. We can not imagine our family's life without this group."
  • "This group helped me survive parenting and helped us [as] a couple survive our marriage."
  • "It is a safe and supportive setting in which to share our struggles and worries. Most participants have said that the group was the only place where they felt comfortable doing that."

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about groups in your area. pass@adoptontario.ca

For information about our upcoming offerings, please see our event listing.

Click here to download our Changing the Script flyer. 


Individual Counselling and Family Counselling

PASS provides a variety of counselling, education,  support and advocacy services to all members of the adoption and permanency planning constellation (i.e., birth family members, permanency and adoptive family members, child who joined family by adoption/permanency planning, adult adopted individual), across the lifespan, pre and post-placement. Consultation, education and support are also available to community partners including but not restricted mental health practitioners, adoption and guardianship workers, and lawyers (i.e., OCL).

Consultations are available by telephone and email.


ACO Youth Network

The Youth Network gives eligible and interested adopted youth between the ages 14-25 years opportunities to connect with others and provide a platform for messages they wish to share with the community. Recently, PASS has been coaching and mentoring interested adopted youth on how to start support groups in their own communities, offering ongoing information and support, as needed, once these groups are established.

If you are interested in attending a Youth Network meeting, or starting a group in your area please contact pass@adoptontario.ca or 416-482-0021 ex. 2888. For more information on the Youth Network, click here


Search, Reunion and Reconnection Services

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 pass@adoptontario.ca for more information about reunion and reconnection.

Click here to download our Search and Reunion Support Group flyer.


Peer to Peer Support

When appropriate, PASS will connect adoptive and permanency planning caregivers who are interested in attending or providing a parent-lead support to the ACO Parent Liaison for information and referral.


Questions regarding Permanency and Adoption Support Services? 

Permanency and Adoption Support Services
Adoption Council of Ontario
(416) 482-0021 ex. 2888
pass@adoptontario.ca


The Permanency and Adoption Support Services program is generously funded by:

The Circle for Children Foundation Logo