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Tuesday Evenings Pathways – Winter 2024

January 30 @ 6:30 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 – Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto – 5183 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z5
(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; 6:30pm to 9:30pm


  • Session 1: January 30 (In-person)
  • Session 2: February 6
  • Session 3: February 13 (In-person)
  • Session 4: February 20
  • Session 5: February 27
  • Session 6: March 5
  • Session 7: March 19 (In-person)
  • Session 8: March 26
  • Session 9 (Decoding): April 16

 This offering has been cancelled.  To sign up for a different offering click here

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.


Jackie Robertson
Jackie is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice.  She has over 34 years in the field; with extensive experience in the field of adolescent mental health, child welfare and developmental trauma.  Jackie completed the Adoption Competency Training (ACT), facilitates Pathways to Permanence II training and has her level II in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).  She has worked extensively with adoptive families, abused and traumatized individuals and provides parental coaching.  She loves teaching, providing workshops and consultations.  Her passion is being able to support people through challenging periods in their journey of life.

Jean Skelton
Jean Skelton is a social worker with Highland Shores CAS in Cobourg.  She works as a Clinical Case Consultant with the Therapeutic Family Care (TFC) Program, which is a collaborative clinically-oriented child welfare program sponsored by three Children’s Aid Societies (Durham, Highland Shores and Kawartha-Haliburton).  Jean works within a multi-disciplinary team to provide clinical support to families, including many adoptive families.   She has experience facilitating PRIDE training and adoption assessment (SAFE) and was formerly a treatment level foster caregiver.  Jean is also a Certified Solution Focused therapist.

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.


January 30
6:30 pm
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