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Pathways for Families who live in Central Ontario – Spring 2022

April 14, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

Pathways is an 8-session curriculum

UPDATE – Eligibility:

Due to our current funding guidelines, outlined by the Ministry, participants must be an adoptive parent (including parents pre adoption finalization) or a foster-to-adopt parent, to attend our free Pathways program.

Please note – we are working to make Pathways available to other parent types (Customary Care, Kinship, Legal Guardian), and hope to be able to offer them soon.  If you would like to be kept in the loop on when these new offerings become available, please be sure to sign-up for our newsletter.


Location: Online via Zoom (The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date; please see below for technical requirements).

Regions: To find out if this offering is for your region – click here.

Time: Thursday Evenings; 6:30pm to 9:30pm


  • Session 1: April 14, 2022
  • Session 2: April 21, 2022
  • Session 3: April 28, 2022
  • Session 4: May 05, 2022
  • Session 5: May 12, 2022
  • Session 6: May 19, 2022
  • Session 7: May 26, 2022
  • Session 8: June 2, 2022
  • Session 9 (Decoding): September 15, 2022

Additional Details

Who: This training is for parents and caregivers where a placement has already occurred.

Cost: FREE! This course is being offered at NO cost to participants thanks to funding from the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Technical & set-up requirement:

  • Laptop or desktop computer with functioning webcam and microphone capabilities.
  • Strong/stable internet connection with a speed of at least 10mbps
  • In order to preserve families’ privacy and comfort levels, anyone other than another Pathways participant, should not be in the same room with you while participating in a Pathways Zoom session; this includes children and teens.



Debbie Burk B.A. Psych 
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I have over 30 years of experience working with children, youth and their families.  For the past 15 years I have worked in the Child Welfare Sector as a Children’s worker, Family worker, Adoption worker and Foster Care worker. I am the mother of 5 children and have been living the permanency journey with 2 biological children and 3 stepchildren.  I have always been interested in understanding the impact of grief, loss and trauma on individuals and have shifted my learning to working with people through a trauma informed lens. 

Laura Banks, BA
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Laura is a mental health professional in private practice. She provides counseling, education, advocacy, skill development and service coordination to families in adoption. Laura is an adoptive parent to seven children and has been a Treatment Foster Care parent for over 18 years. She is an experienced trainer to adoptive and foster parents and others.


Certificate: A certificate of completion is available upon request.

To see other Pathways offerings in Ontario, click here to go to our events page.

Can’t attend any of these offerings? Click here to be notified about the next round.

Note: Ontario’s PRIDE curriculum is equivalent to The Kinship Center’s Pathways to Permanence 1 curriculum.

Detailed Information about Pathways 2

Click here for detailed information on Pathways 2.

© ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals and Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children who have Experienced Trauma and Loss are copyrights of Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies in California. Through a partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies, Adoption Council of Ontario owns the exclusive Ontario license to ACT and Pathways 2.


April 14, 2022
6:30 pm
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