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Decoding for Pathways Alumni

December 5, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

To help families continue to try to bring the concepts learned in Pathways into their daily lives ACO has developed a Decoding session for Pathways alumni. The session will provide an overview of the core Pathways concepts and then provide opportunities for discussion and practice for participants based on their needs. Join Pathways trainers as they help you “decode” your child/youth’s behaviours and bring a more therapeutic parenting approach to your daily life.


Who: This training is for parents and caregivers who have taken the Pathways to Permanence 2 program.

Cost: FREE!

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

Session Date

  • Tuesday, May 7 @ 6:30 pm

Additional Details

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.



Cindy Stewart, CYW
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Cindy is a mental health professional in private practice. She offers post adoption support to adoptive families and co-facilitates an interracial adoption support group and an adopted teen group. She has child welfare experience facilitating successful foster placements and providing individual counseling to children and youth. She also worked in group homes for eight years with teens and youth. Cindy brings her personal experience as a parent to biological and adoptive children and as an adopted person to her work. Cindy is also a private investigator interested in search and reunion work.

Sylvia Gibbons
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Sylvia founded and runs a Support Group for Adoptive Families and founded and runs an Adopted Youth Group, both of which are in Simcoe County. She is the ACO’s PACT Parent Liaison. In this newly created role she will assist and guide Pathways parent groups to form ongoing parent support groups in their communities. Sylvia continues to provide peer support to many adoptive families throughout Ontario. Sylvia has been a PRIDE trainer over 13 years. Sylvia is also an adoptive parent.

Caroline Sears, MSW
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Caroline is a social worker with many years of experience working as a grief counselor in the healthcare field. She is now working as an adoption therapist providing counseling for pre-adoptive and adoptive parents to address infertility and adoption, grief and loss, trauma and neglect, attachment difficulties, emotional effects of parenting children with learning disabilities, FAS, medical concerns and developmental or social concerns. She also has over 20 years of experience parenting biological and adoptive children.

Jennifer Phair, BSW
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Jennifer Phair graduated from the University of Western Ontario, with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1993.  Since that time, Jennifer has dedicated her career to the child welfare sector, and improving the lives of children, youth and families.  She is currently an Adoption Supervisor at Durham Children’s Aid Society.   With over 29 years of extensive child welfare experience as a front-line worker and service supervisor, she brings a breadth of knowledge of the child welfare system, from intake, to supporting families in an ongoing capacity, to child and youth services and 9 years of direct experience in adoption, both as a practitioner and supervisor.  Jennifer has attended the Adoption Competency Training and has a strong commitment to permanency and adoption journeys.


Haven’t taken Pathways yet? To see upcoming Pathways offerings, 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.


December 5, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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