June 2016 ACT Newsletter

Date: June 2, 2016 Author: ACO Administrator Categories: ACT News

JUNE 2016

Hello ACT Alumni!


We hope you are doing well and enjoying this nice summer weather. We thought it would be a good time to touch base before the summer and let you know about a few great things going on in the coming months.

 Pathways to Permanence training for families - Fall Offerings

 If you know a family who would be interested in or benefit from the Pathways to Permanence training program, please encourage them to fill out our “Where and When: Pathways 2 in Your Community” survey by Monday and lets us know where they’d like to see Pathways come next.


To fill out the survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHRK8VJ


ACT Summer Intensive - July 11-14 & August 8-11 in GTA


Tell you colleagues that we are offering ACT as a "Summer Intensive" for the first time. Instead of training the curriculum over 4 months it will be offered over July and August - 4 days in July and 4 days in August. We hope that might make it easier for professionals to fit it into their busy calendars! We hope to offer Fall ACTs in Ottawa and perhaps in the GTA and Barrie, depending on demand.

The registration link for the Summer ACT is here: https://www.adoption.on.ca/events?event_id=440

There are a few seats left but they will need to register very soon - it starts on July 11th!!

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) 42nd Annual Conference – August 4-6, 2016

 NACAC offers an excellent annual conference about all things adoption related for professionals and families. This year’s conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information and how to register please follow the link:http://www.nacac.org/conference/conference.html


ACO’s Adoption FunWalk – Sunday September 18, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm


Calling all Superheroes!  Come out and join the Adoption Council of Ontario on September 18thfor FunWalk 2016. This year’s theme is Superheroes and Villains!

 FunWalk is a family fundraising event that brings together people touched by adoption to raise funds and awareness in Ontario. The funds enable the ACO to continue its work helping our kids and families on their journeys. Participants collect pledges to walk in unison through Riverdale West Park followed by an exciting day of games, prizes and dancing.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this Fun day!

 For more information and to register please follow the link:https://www.adoption.on.ca/adoption-funwalk-2016

 ACO Education Day – Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm


The ACO is very happy to be holding another one of its great Education Days for families and professionals on Saturday October 22, 2016 in Brampton Ontario near the 410 & 407. The Day’s theme “Building Lasting Permanency for Our Kids” will provide an opportunity for our community to share its knowledge and experience together, and further build community networks that will lead to a stronger “village of support” for our kids and families across the province.

 Please “Save the Date” in your calendars for now, more information will follow later in the summer.

 That’s it for now!! We hope you are continuing to use the ACT curriculum in your work with families and children. Maybe some of you are also staying in touch with each other and building a "community of practice" for this work - we'd love to hear about it. FYI, about 180 parents in 12 Ontario communities have benefited from the Pathways training program over the past six months and plan to stay in touch with each other through parent support groups that they have set up through Pathways and our PACT Parent Liaison Sylvia Gibbons.  We encourage you to keep giving the families you work with the support, tools and HOPE they need so they can continue to provide lasting permanency to their kids.

 If you have any other questions, comments or suggestions please drop us a line atpact@adoptontario.ca

Thank you again for participating in one of our inaugural ACT training programs. Our best wishes for a happy and heathy summer to all of you!


All the best,

The PACT Team


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