Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Teen Pathways – Fall 2023

October 16, 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: Monday Evenings; 6:30pm to 9:30pm


  • Session 1: October 16, 2023
  • Session 2: October 23, 2023
  • Session 3: November 30, 2023
  • Session 4: November 6, 2023
  • Session 5: November 13, 2023
  • Session 6: November 20, 2023
  • Session 7: November 27, 2023
  • Session 8: December 4, 2023
  • Session 9 (Decoding): January 8, 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.


Jay Lomax, B.S.W. (Honours), M.S.W.
[email protected]
Jay is an Indigenous survivor of the 70’s scoop from the Dakota Tipi First Nation in Manitoba. Jay is also a descendant of Sitting Bull’s people from Sisseton, South Dakota.  When Jay reconnected with his biological family in the 1990’s, he was placed into ceremonies such as Sundance, Sweat lodge, Yuwipi, Shake Tent, Vision Quests, Fasting, and attended many pow wows in the Central U.S. and Canada. Jay has spent over 22 years working with indigenous families in frontline protection and as a supervisor. This has given Jay ample opportunity to work with the people in the community.  Jay continues to teach drumming and dancing to children in Ontario. Jay continues to teach Indigenous Studies at First Nations Technical Institute.

Lesley Allen, BSW, CTPC
[email protected]
Lesley has over 20 years’ experience in working with children and families in both the child welfare system as well as the private sector.  Lesley is a family therapist, providing counseling services to families and individuals with a focus on supporting blended and non-traditional families.  Lesley is a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner with specialized training on the impact of trauma and the power of resilience.

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 16, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Category:


Contact Us