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Pathways for Families in Central – Fall 2022

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 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).

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


  • Session 1: October 12, 2022
  • Session 2: October 19, 2022
  • Session 3: October 26, 2022
  • Session 4: November 2, 2022
  • Session 5: November 9, 2022
  • Session 6: November 16, 2022
  • Session 7: November 23, 2022
  • Session 8: November 30, 2022
  • Session 9 (Decoding): December 14, 2022

Additional Details

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

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

Fatima Di Valentin, MSW, RSW
Fatima Di Valentin, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker in private practice that specializes in trauma and anxiety in children and adults with a personal permanency journey. Fatima has a research interest in how adverse childhood experiences relate to chronic pain. Fatima is an experienced educator in both college and in the community.  She has over 15 years experience in the child welfare system and has worked in building permanency for children in each phase of the process.  Fatima is the mother to two biological children and has welcomed kin children into her family.

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.


October 12
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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