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Pathways for Kinship Families – Spring 2023

April 27, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Pathways is an 8-session curriculum

UPDATE – Eligibility:

This is a special Pathways offering for Kinship caregivers.  Kinship care occurs when a child/youth is cared for by an extended family member or person who is known by or related to the child/youth.  Participants must be a Kinship caregiver to attend.

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 8 will be taking place on Wednesday morning)


  • Session 1: April 27, 2023
  • Session 2: May 4, 2023
  • Session 3: May 11, 2023
  • Session 4: May 18, 2023
  • Session 5: May 25, 2023
  • Session 6: June 1, 2023
  • Session 7: June 8, 2023
  • Session 8: June 14, 2023*
  • Session 9 (Decoding): September 14, 2023


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.


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 also sits on several Boards and Committees with the clear intent of assisting children to find permanency and healing in their lives. 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. 

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.

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.

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 27, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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