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FASD Pathways – Fall 2023

October 19, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pathways to Permanence is a multi-sessional psycho-educational program


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, and must have adopted (or be fostering-to-adopt) through a children’s aid society, to attend our free Pathways program.

Please note – we are working to make Pathways available to all permanency parents (Customary Care, Kinship, Legal Guardian, International Adoptions, Private Adoptions), 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: Thursday Mornings; 9:30am to 12:30pm


  • Session 1: October 19, 2023
  • Session 2: October 26, 2023
  • Session 3: November 2, 2023
  • Session 4: November 9, 2023
  • Session 5: November 16, 2023
  • Session 6: November 23, 2023
  • Session 7: November 30, 2023
  • Session 8: December 7, 2023
  • Session 9 (Decoding): January 11, 2024


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.


Cindy Stewart, CYW
[email protected]
I am an Child & Youth Worker providing support to all families that are joined through Adoption, Kinship or Permanency. I am an educator providing groups with parenting education and support. I also assisting families with home/community issues on an individual basis. My experience includes pre-placement as well as post placement capacities. My son’s & I co-facilitates an adopted teen group. I have child welfare experience facilitating successful foster placements and providing individual counselling to children & youth. I bring my personal experience as parent to biological and adoptive children and as an adoptee to my work. I also assist Adult Adoptee’s in the Search & Reunion process; I am a private investigator and understand the unique issues involved in the searching and re-unification process.

Sylvia Gibbons
[email protected]
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.

Certificate: A certificate of completion is available after the offering is complete.

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.

Detailed Information about Pathways

Click here for detailed information on Pathways.

© 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 19, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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