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Ottawa Hybrid Pathways – Winter 2024

February 20 @ 5:30 pm

Pathways to Permanence is a multi-sessional program


Due to our current funding guidelines, outlined by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, 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 waitlist and sign-up for our newsletter.

Location: Hybrid – Online via Zoom; in-person – Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa – 1602 Telesat Ct, Gloucester, ON K1B 1B1
(The Zoom link for the online sessions will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date; please see below for technical requirements.  In-person sessions are noted below)

Time: Tuesday Evenings; online – 6:30pm to 9:30pm, in-person – 5:30 to 9pm


  • Session 1: February 20 (In-person)
  • Session 2: February 27
  • Session 3: March 5
  • Session 4: March 19 (In-person)
  • Session 5: March 26
  • Session 6: April 2 (In-person)
  • Session 7: April 9
  • Session 8: April 16
  • Session 9 (Decoding): May 21


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.


Dannielle Samuel
Dannielle is a registered social worker with extensive experience working in palliative and long-term care, with specific competencies in end-of-life care, loss, grief and bereavement counselling.  With robust lived and professional experience, Dannielle has a passion for the adoption and permanence community. Particularly focused on post adoption supports, her trauma informed practice is focused on supporting adoptive parents and their families through the lifelong journey to permanence. She also has lived experience understanding the art of attachment, the intricacies of open adoption and the importance of concurrent planning.  Dannielle uses her strength-based approach to apply narrative, solution focused techniques to her therapy.  Dannielle also has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion work, providing information and workshops on self-awareness, the concepts of antiracism, and the power of forgiveness.  She lives in Ottawa, ON, where she and her husband are raising three teens.

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.


February 20
5:30 pm
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