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Pathways for Families in the West – Winter 2023

January 31, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pathways is an 8-session curriculum

UPDATE – Eligibility:

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, to attend our free Pathways program.

Please note – we are working to make Pathways available to other parent types (Customary Care, Kinship, Legal Guardian), 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: Tuesday Evenings; 6:30pm to 9:30pm

This offering has been cancelled.  Please click below to register for the wait list for a future offering.


  • Session 1: January 31, 2013
  • Session 2: February 7, 2013
  • Session 3: February 14, 2013
  • Session 4: February 21, 2013
  • Session 5: February 28, 2023
  • Session 6: March 7, 2023
  • Session 7: March 21, 2023
  • Session 8: March 28, 2023
  • Session 9 (Decoding): April 18, 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.


Cindy Stewart, CYW
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I am an Child & Youth Worker providing support to all families that are joined through Adoption, Kinship or Permanency I am an educator providing groups with parenting education and support I also assisting families with home/community issues on an individual basis My experience includes pre placement as well as post placement capacities My son’s & I co-facilitates an adopted teen group I have child welfare experience facilitating successful foster placements and providing individual counselling to children & youth, I bring my personal experience as parent to biological and adoptive children and as an adoptee to my work. I also assist Adult Adoptee’s in the Search & Reunion process – I am a private investigator and understand the unique issues involved in the searching and re-unification process

Lesley Allen, BSW, CTPC
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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.

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.


January 31, 2023
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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