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Wednesday Evening Pathways – Summer 2024

July 10 @ 6:30 pm

Pathways to Permanence is a multi-sessional psycho-educational 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: Online via Zoom (The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date; please see below for technical requirements).

Time: Wednesday Evenings; 6:30pm to 9:30pm


  • Session 1: July 10
  • Session 2: July 17
  • Session 3: July 24
  • Session 4: July 31
  • Session 5: August 7
  • Session 6: August 14
  • Session 7: August 21
  • Session 8: August 28
  • Session 9 (Decoding): September 25


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.


Debbie Burk B.A. Psych
I have over 30 years of experience working with children, youth and their families.  For the past 15 years I have worked in the Child Welfare Sector as a Children’s worker, Family worker, Adoption worker and Foster Care worker. I am the mother of 5 children and have been living the permanency journey with 2 biological children and 3 stepchildren. I have always been interested in understanding the impact of grief, loss and trauma on individuals and have shifted my learning to working with people through a trauma informed lens.

Lesley Allen, BSW, CTPC
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.


July 10
6:30 pm
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