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Specialized Training program for Adoptive & Kinship Parents coming to Pembroke!!

Melanie Kurzfield-Bryan

By Melanie Kurzfield-Bryan

When adoptive parents open their hearts and homes to children not born to them, they’re sometimes faced with unexpected challenges. An excellent adoptive parent training program called Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children who have Experienced Trauma & Loss hopes to make these challenges easier to understand and cope with.

The Adoption Council of Ontario is running the Pathways training program in the Pembroke area this Fall. The 8-session program runs over 4 weekends in September through November - Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

The Pathways program is free for participants thanks to funding from the Ontario government. Meals and childcare are also included.

The training provides education and support for adoptive parents, enabling them to connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges and to return home with an increase in both competence and confidence in their ability to parent their adopted child. In the final session parents are guided to build an ongoing parent support group in their community. The ACO has run over 20 Pathways programs over the past year across the province with great success. Adoptive families who have taken the Pathways training say that they feel less isolated and are so grateful to know that there are other families out there who understand what they are going through.

Though some pre-adoption training is provided to families in Ontario, additional, specialized training is needed to assist families with some of the difficult issues that arise because of their child's adverse early life experiences.

“Our children and youth need a special kind of parenting,” says Pat Convery, the Executive Director of the Adoption Council of Ontario. The Pathways training program provides tools, support and most importantly HOPE to adoptive families.

The Pathways curriculum was developed by The Kinship Center, a member of the Seneca Family of Agencies, in California, along with a curriculum for professionals who work with adoptive families called ACT. The ACO has offered the Pathways training to over 400 parents in Ontario and the ACT training to over 100 professionals to date in Ontario.

Only 15 spaces are available in the Pembroke Pathways group, so couples or individuals are invited to register as soon as possible.

For more information, interested parents are invited to contact the ACO at 1-877-ADOPT 20.

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