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November is National Adoption Awareness Month (NAAM)

This yearly initiative is to acknowledge and bring awareness to families who celebrate growing through adoption and to recognize the journey of children and youth though adoption, both in this country and around the world.

African Diaspora Adoptee Identity

A blog post from Lisa Marie Rolllins’ A Birth Project


Recommended Books, Podcasts and Films

A List Generated by Adoptees

To Search Or Not To Search – An Adoptees Journey

Visit the site


What Does National Adoption Awareness Month Mean to You?

Adult Adoptees weigh in: visit the site

The Family Enhancement Centre

At The Family Enhancement Centre, the therapists are trained to help children and youth going through difficult times. Therapists can help with various difficulties in life such as:

  • Family problems, Family separation, Broken families
  • School problems, Bullying
  • Grief, Loss of loved ones, Abandonment
  • Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Fear
  • Health problems

The Family Enhancement Centre has a team of registered Psychotherapists and Social Workers skilled in teen therapy, play therapy and art therapy.

There are 4 locations to serve you; Brampton, Mississauga, Orangeville, and St. Catharines. In addition, they provide online/video counselling across Ontario.

Protect ICWA

The Protect ICWA Campaign (the Campaign) was established by four national Native organizations: the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Congress of American Indians, the Association on American Indian Affairs, and the Native American Rights Fund. Together, the Campaign works to serve and support Native children, youth, and families through upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Campaign works to inform policy, legal, and communications strategies with the mission to uphold and protect ICWA.

Visit Protect ICWA

Identity in Adoption: Mirrors and Windows

An on-demand webinar panel discussion on identity formation in adoption.

Join moderator Leah Bloom, LMFT, an adopted person who was adopted from Korea, as she leads our panel of adopted persons through a discussion about the intricacies of identity formation in adoption. Our panel – adopted domestically, internationally and from foster care – will reflect on their own experiences and answer YOUR questions about such things as:

  • What their adoptive parents did that helped them through the journey
  • What they wish their parents had done
  • Additional supportive elements and resources that have helped them mold their identity formation
  • Privacy concerns in sharing their adoption story
  • Feelings of loss related to their adoption what tends to trigger this
  • Curiosity and feelings about biological parents and how much they identify with them


Adoptees On podcast 

It’s by adoptees, for adoptees, and covers a wide range of topics. The host is Canadian, but it’s got a wide reach and most guests are from the US and outside of North America.


Listen to Adoptees On!

Permanency Caregiver Panel

Monday, November 7, 2022 from 7 to 8 pm EST
Watch the replay below!

Trauma-Responsive Parenting Strategies 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm CST
A one-day, virtual conference for parents, professionals, and those considering foster care, kinship care, or adoption. If you can’t attend live, you can access recordings through December 31.

Classroom 180: Helping Students Heal at School Webinar  

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:30 pm AST

Permanency Through the Eyes of Youth  

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 7 to 8 pm EST

Managing Challenging Behavior in Youth Sports

A chance to build skills, relationships, and healing

Challenging behavior is extremely common in sports, from little league and town soccer fields to professional arenas. When it comes to kids and sports, it can be especially hard to balance fear, disappointment, pressure, and other strong feelings with a sense of fair play, healthy developmental experiences, internal motivation, and participation.

Think:Kids hosted a webinar with experts in youth sports and behavior for a conversation featuring practical strategies on how to handle challenging behavior in youth athletics that can help young people cope with adversity and even heal from trauma.


Collaborative Problem Solving Classes for Parents

Research shows kids with challenging behavior lack the skill, not the will, to behave.

Learn how to partner with your child to identify the triggers for their challenging behavior, and work together to produce a game plan for how to handle problems before they happen.

Transracial Parenting Initiative: 2023

  • Are you a prospective foster or adoptive parent interested in/open to/or pursuing a transracial placement?
  • Are you looking for ways to support your racially or culturally diverse child?
  • Do you want to explore additional tools, resources, and skills to prepare you for raising a child of a different race or culture from your own?
  • Do you want to ensure your child will grow up and thrive in a supportive, open, and race-conscious family but don’t know how or where to begin?

This is the aim of the Transracial Parenting Initiative

Susan Crawford, MSW, PCC offers the 10-hour Transracial Parenting Initiative program virtually three (3) times per year.

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