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September Update

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ACO - Adoption Matters Online Education

ACO: Adoption Matters Online Education

With Fall around the corner the ACO is continuing to provide FREE webinars! Educate yourself on different adoption-related topics by signing up for one of their live sessions, listening to an audio recording or watching some on-demand webinars!

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The Adoption Council of Ontario is offering the following virtual courses:

Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children Who have Experienced Trauma & Loss©

What is it?

An eight session (24-hour) specialized training designed for adoptive, kinship and customary care families who are parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss as a part of their history.

This Fall we are pleased to be offering our Pathways training program virtually to adoptive, kinship, and customary care families in classes that have been organized by geographical region in Ontario, as well as some classes specifically for kinship families, LGBTQ families, families who have adopted children with FASD, families who have adopted inter-culturally/inter-racially and families parenting adopted teens.

Download the flyer HERE.
For detailed information about the training click HERE.

Pathways Practice Session: Touching Base After Pathways

What is it?

An invitation to Pathways Alumni to join us for a coaching session with a PACT trainer. Let’s discuss how you are using the concepts and tools from Pathways. Are they helping? Would more explanation of the “how tos” be helpful? What other topics would you like to learn more about? Includes a special session for kinship caregivers.

Sept. 29 | 7:30 – 8pm

Learn more & register for free HERE

ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals©

What is it?
ACT is an eight-day comprehensive and intensive training program designed primarily for professionals in the child welfare and mental health sectors. ACT provides professionals with a framework for working with all those touched by adoption and permanency journeys.

Interested in ACT?
If you are interested in attending ACT over the Fall or Winter please fill out this survey. If you have questions about ACT please email

Learn More
Please click HERE for detailed information about the training.

Conversations and Panel Discussions

What is it?
You’re invited to join us for an intimate conversation with various members of the adoption constellation, as we explore current and relevant topics. New conversations and panels coming soon!

Listen to previous conversations HERE.

The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is a not-for-profit providing outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parent, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario. Permanency and Adoption Competency Training (PACT) and AdoptOntario are both programs of the ACO that strive to educate pre- and post-adoptive families and adoption professionals about adoption news, services and adoption related events.
Copyright 2020 Adoption Council of Ontario. All Right Reserved.

Have a question about any of these offerings?
Contact Adoption Council of Ontario at or 1-877-ADOPT 20 ext.2989


Dear Families,

We are writing to inform you of an update received from our India In-Country Coordinator.

CARA recently appointed a new CEO who held a Q&A on August 26, 2020. The issue of families waiting to travel to India was addressed. Unfortunately, CARA confirms that the India Government has decided that no special/emergency visas will be issued at this time. Adoption families will have to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and a window to travel opens.

Italian and American families have been advocating for special/emergency visas to be issued; however, the India Government continues to reject all requests.

As your adoption agency, we are frustrated for our families and can understand when families communicate their unhappiness to us. Please know that we continue to monitor the situation as COVID continues to evolve and change on an almost daily basis it seems.

Please take care of yourselves during this time. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.


The Children’s Bridge
International Adoption Agency

Social Justice & Allyship for Pre-Adoptive Parents of BIPOC Kids

Social Justice & Allyship: Pre-Adoptive Parents of BIPOC Kids


Throughout the last few months, a new lens has been shown on the persistent, dehumanizing racism faced by BIPOC throughout the world, but most notably in North America.

If you’re a pre-adoptive or prospective adoptive parent considering adoption transracially (parenting a child of a different race than your own), you may be wondering how to think about these incidents or talk to your future child about them. You may be wondering if adopting transracially is the right decision for you and your family or considering how best to be prepared to be an anti-racist parent and raise anti-racist children. Takes place every other Wednesday (September 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25) via Zoom | 7 – 9 pm.

View Flyer 


Social Justice & Allyship: A Five-Part Anti-Racism Series for Adoption Professionals

Social Justice & Allyship: A Five-Part Anti-Racism Series for Adoption Professionals

This course was developed specifically for adoption professionals including adoption practitioners, adoption consultants, adoption doulas, and anyone working in adoption with families adopting transracially. Takes place every other Wednesday (Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18) via Zoom | 7 – 9 pm.

View Flyer 


2-Day AdopTALK Virtual Session

Children's Bridge Virtual AdopTALK

Join us us Sept. 26 & 27 for a 2-day preparation workshop for international adoption.

Topics covered include:

  • Coming Home
  • Health Matters
  • Bonding and Attachment
  • Trans-racial Issues in Adoptive Families
  • Talking to Your Child About Adoption
  • Trip Preparation

Registration is required.

For more information or to register: | (613) 226-2112

Program-Specific Zoom Information Sessions

Have you been thinking about creating your family through international adoption?

Look no further! Learn more about specific country programs and meet our Adoption Program Managers through live Zoom sessions. These program-specific information sessions will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and engage in interactive discussions.

For full details, please view our flyer HERE, and register at Eventbrite.

India: Monday, September 21 @ 5:00 – 6:30 PM | REGISTER
S. Korea: Sunday, September 27 @ 11:00-12:30 PM | REGISTER
USA: Tuesday, October 13 @ 5:00 – 6:30 PM |  CANCELLED
Thailand: Tuesday, October 6 @ 5:00 – 6:30 PM | REGISTER
USA (Same-Sex Couples): Saturday, October 3 @ 11:00-12:30 PM | CANCELLED

Cost: $25 + taxes and Eventbrite fees / per family & per program

“How to Adopt” Virtual Information Session

Please join us Sept. 15 for our free “How to Adopt” session and learn about the international adoption process from start to finish. View the flyer HERE for more information, and register at EventBrite HERE.

To all families in the USA (ASC) Adoption Program:

I would like to introduce you to Darlene Catton who will be managing all cases in the program effective Thursday, July 23rd.

Darlene is a seasoned adoption professional who has been with our agency for over 20 years. She currently oversees the Thailand program and now the ASC program will be transferred to her portfolio. Darlene is based in Toronto, ON and can be reached by email at or on her work cellphone at (905) 836-6776.

Darlene and I have been working on this transition diligently over the past few weeks including reviewing your file and overall program structures. ASC has also been informed of this personnel change.

I have enjoyed every step of the way in supporting your adoption journey and collaborating with ASC. I have been given the opportunity to designate more of my time to manage cases in the USA (HAI) program which is expanding beyond our anticipation, along with the South Korea program.

I would like to kindly ask that you direct all communications to Darlene regarding your file. If your post-adoption file is open for an exchange agreement, Darlene will follow up with you closer to your exchange timeline.

It has been my absolute pleasure in getting to know you and your family. I wish you all the best with your adoption journey!


Bruno Jung-Millen
Adoption Program Manager, Korea & USA (HAI)


Please find our most current news update HERE.

Social Justice and Ally-ship: An Anti Racism Series for Adoptive Parents

A 6-part anti-racism series designed for adoptive parents of BIPOC kids will take place starting July 8 via Zoom (live & interactive discussions and presentations).


Volunteers Wanted: Children’s Bridge Board of Directors

The Children’s Bridge is seeking volunteers to join the Board of Directors. Anyone with an interest in furthering the Bridge’s mission of “Making Families Happen” is invited to put their name forward.

Some of our on-going projects include:

  • Identifying new adoption programs
  • Expanding educational and post-adoption services
  • Finding new ways to connect with our members
  • Supporting overall organizational sustainability

Adult adoptees, first/birth families, adoptive parents and/or members with a professional experience in law, human resources and/or financial accounting will be given priority.

To find out more, please contact Andy Thompson at

Please note: Individuals currently in-progress will need to wait until their adoption is finalized before joining the board.

How to Adopt: Program Information Sessions

Have you been thinking about creating your family through international adoption? Look no further! Learn more about specific country programs and meet our Adoption Program Managers through live Zoom sessions. These program-specific information sessions will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and engage in interactive discussions.

Sessions will provide details about:
Program History | Partnership | Requirements | Child Profile | Timelines | Step-by-Step Process | Trips

India: Tuesday, June 2 | 5 – 6:30 PM
S. Korea: Thursday, June 4 | 5 – 6:30 PM
USA: Monday, June 8 | 5 – 6:30 PM
Thailand: Tuesday, June 9 | 5 – 6:30 PM
USA (Same-Sex Couples): Wednesday, June 10 | 5 – 6:30 PM

Please select the adoption program(s) in which you’re interested and register at Eventbrite.

Live Interactive Sessions via Zoom

$20 + Taxes (per family & per program)

For more information, please contact us:
(613) 226-2112 |

News Update for April / May 2020

Please find our most current news update HERE.

Invitation to a Panel Discussion: Developmental Trauma & COVID-19

COVID-19 is bringing high levels of stress and uncertainty to many in our world today. In many respects this is a live trauma that we are experiencing in the moment each and every day. Like other traumas, it has the potential to have long term impacts. There are clear and serious physical health implications, perhaps less prominent but critical mental health considerations, financial and economic impacts, effects on social and family connections and stability, housing and safety impacts as well as the broader effect this may have on how we view the world and our futures. This event has or will impact us all in one form or another.

However, this pandemic, and the physical distancing that is required, has the potential to impact those who have experienced and are living with developmental trauma in more fundamental ways. The DTAA, as an “action” alliance, recognizes and acknowledges this and wanted to proactively work together – collaboratively across agencies and fields of expertise, to highlight and potentially help prevent some of the negative impacts of this. This time can also be an unique opportunity to seize in some positive ways – to strengthen and deepen the nurturing relationships in our lives, to give back to our communities by keeping ourselves and others safe, and to give ourselves the gift of kindness and compassion during this very challenging time.

Invitation Details

Please join a DTAA panel for a live discussion about developmental trauma and COVID-19. Together we’d like to explore and learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on people with developmental trauma, talk about what can help and provide some helpful tips and resources.

When: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Zoom (please register for meeting details)
Cost: None – this a free presentation!
Panelists: Leticia Gracia, MSW, RSW, Dr. Charlie Menendez, C.Psych, Susan O’Quinn, MSW, RSW.
Recommended Audience: This panel discussion is primarily for families who are parenting children who have experienced developmental trauma.
Questions: You can share your thoughts and questions ahead of time when you register, and/or during the panel discussion.

To learn more: click here. | To register: click here.

Message from the Children’s Bridge Foundation

The Children’s Bridge Foundation is recruiting new Board Members! CBF is a Canadian charity dedicated to supporting health and education programs for orphaned and abandoned children in the developing world. Started in 2003 by a group of adoptive parents, our charity is run by volunteers who have a passionate desire to help improve the lives of children who have so little and deserve so much more.

The Children’s Bridge Foundation is a completely volunteer-based charitable organization (CRA Charitable number: 895155208R0001) that has no religious or political affiliation. Over the years, we have helped support children in China, Kenya, Zambia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Syria and Vietnam.

Our mandate is to raise funds and partner with efficient and accountable local organizations to assist them in offering support to orphaned and abandoned children. Support ranges from medical programs to educational support to training or resources for caregivers of orphaned and abandoned children to help these children to break the cycle of poverty.

Please visit our website at to learn more about our programs. If you are interested in donating, or in joining us, please contact Board President Dahlia Stein at

We are particularly in need of anyone with accounting, communications or fundraising experience!


A Message from our Executive Director: Travel Advisories/COVID

Response to COVID-19: A Message to Families

Dear Families,

During this unprecedented time, we are writing to express our support as you proceed through your adoption journey. As adoptive parents ourselves, we are very aware that this is already a time filled with uncertainty and great excitement while waiting for news of travel to meet your child or to complete the adoption process — without these additional health and travel concerns.

We ask for your patience, and to know that staff will do their best to ensure that each family’s adoption process is completed as expeditiously as possible, while also respecting the directives being issued from our own government, and our overseas partners and authorities. This means that some family travel dates and/or court dates will be postponed and/or rescheduled, and we ask that you please follow the direction of staff for the well-being of current and future children and families participating in the program.

The Board wishes to thank our staff who work tirelessly every day to support our families, even more in the face of these challenging circumstances. Last year The Children’s Bridge invested in collaboration tools and technologies to allow our staff to better work remotely, and we will make use of those technologies during this time. We ask for your understanding if response times are a little longer than usual while staff also deal with their own disruptions and alternative working situations (working with kids at home!).

In addition to reducing the number of staff in the office, AdopTALK and other events planned for March and April will be rescheduled. Details will follow.

We continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials and government officials to guide our approach. The Board strongly encourages both our staff and families to stay informed and follow the advice of health care officials. As the situation evolves, we will continue to support you to the fullest of our ability, and will keep you informed as new information becomes available. Please visit our Travel Advisories & Restrictions page, as staff will continue to update this page regularly.


John Sutton
Chair, Board of Directors

Karyn Arnauld-Bakelaar
Executive Director

Time to Attach – We Need Your Help

During the past two years, The Adoption Council of Canada, Adopt4Life, and Western University have together advocated for the introduction of a new 15-week attachment benefit program for adoptive, kin, and customary care parents, through a campaign titled #TimeToAttach. Through this ongoing effort, they have worked towards the implementation of this additional parental benefit leave under the Employment Insurance program to support healthy and secure attachment for adoptive families.

Currently, adoptive families are not eligible for the 15 additional weeks of maternity benefits that birth and surrogate mothers may access. The adoption community faces certain additional challenges in building their family through adoption or through a customary or kinship care arrangement. In particular, adopted children need time and support to build an attachment relationship with their new parents or caregivers. Attachment benefits should be delivered in parallel to maternity benefits, which would recognize the unique challenges our families face, just as maternity benefits do for families formed through birth.

These organizations have been engaged with policy makers and stakeholders across party lines, urging the swift implementation of a new attachment benefits program in Budget 2020. Policy makers have indicated that a determining factor in this decision is a demonstration of a strong show of support from across Canada, representing multiple sectors and communities. A strong show of support would be a determining factor in whether the new attachment benefits program becomes part of this fiscal budget, and a reality for families.

If you feel like this is a campaign that you would like to support, the movement could use your help. Adopt4Life and the Adoption Council of Canada is planning to send the letter provided in the links below to Minister Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with her office, demonstrating the extensive support for #TimeToAttach. They are asking for support from individuals who may be affected by this and would like to add their voice to the campaign. Families can do this by engaging with the available social content, offering letters of support, participating in research, sharing their own parenting stories, etc.

If you would like to add your name to the letter being sent to Minister Qualtrough, please send a short email to confirming she can include your family name in the final version of the attached letter. Please feel free to spread the word of this campaign to your contacts, and/or on social media platforms, etc.

Julie (Adopt4Life) is happy to answer any questions that you may have on this campaign, so please feel free to email her if you require additional information. Additional information and current updates on #TimeToAttach, can also be found HERE.

#TimeToAttach – letter in English | #DuTempsPourSAttacher – lettre en français

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