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Information & Support

Post Adoption Support

  • Post AdopTALK
  • Parent Groups
  • Educational Seminars
    Children’s Bridge key note speakers have included:
    Holly Van Gulden, Dee Paddock, Barbara Coloroso, Dr. Dana Johnson, Susan Cox and Beth O’Malley.
  • Workshops
    Behaviour Management, School Age Workshop “Empowering Your Children”, Talking to Your Child About Adoption through the Ages and Stages, Life Books, Kid’s Adopt Talk Group and Children with Special Needs,
  • Playgroups and Family Networking in cities across Canada
  • Post Adoption Follow Up Calls
  • Kids Klub (6-12 year olds)
  • Teens Group (13 –1 6 year olds)
  • Community resource referrals for your city
  • Post Adoption Volunteer Coordinators

*Please note, many of these services are centred in the Toronto/Ottawa corridor. Please contact your Regional Coordinator, Post Adoption Coordinator or the Children’s Bridge to find out about services in your region

Post Adoption Consultation Service

The Children’s Bridge is pleased to offer our Post Adoption Consultation service for adoptive families which includes: scheduled telephone/skype call, email correspondence and identification of resources specific to the needs of the family, child or youth or the country the child has been adopted from.

The fee for consultation is $75 CAD per hour.

Please note, this fee is not charged for our initial 6 months post adoption follow-up calls when Children’s Bridge families are first home from country with their child.

To book a Post Adoption Consultation, please contact Karyn Bakelaar or Darlene Catton.

Adoption Resource List

Download the PDF here.

Resource Links for Adoptive Families & their Teens / Young Adults

Land of Gazillion Adoptees
A platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life. Web presence as well as facebook, twitter feeds and Gazillion Voices Magazine.

Transracial Eyes
Because race and culture matter. This is an adoptee space (commenting for adoptees only with lots of thoughtful discourse.)

Inter-Country Adoptee Support Network (ICASN)
A network of adult intercountry adoptees with a lot of useful stories from our members to help others gain a greater understanding of the impact adoption has on our lives.

Korean Adoptee Network Canada
Contact Michelle Fallesen:

AKA (Also Known As)
Organization of adult Korean adoptees, based in New York City

Organization based in Southern California

Vietnamese Adoptee Network (VAN)
Connecting Vietnamese Adoptees from around the world

Chinese Adoptee Links
Great connections for adopted Chinese kids. Try out their pen pal project hooking up kids from around the globe who were all adopted. Run by a dynamic twenty-something Chinese adoptee who hails from the west coast of the US.

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington

glbtiQ & Adopted
A resource guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-, intersex, and queer adult adoptees

Latin American Adoptees at Yahoo Groups
Yahoo Groups: Latin American Adoptees

AK Connection – Adopted Koreans Minnesota

Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L) is a non-profit organization and an NGO consisting of overseas Korean adoptees (OAKs) and native Koreans working together to locate birth families and experience Korean life and culture.

BKA – Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc.
Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on building a community of adult adoptees with a connection to Korea in the greater Boston and New England area.

International Korean Adoptee Associations
The objective of the IKAA website is to create a platform to share and exchange information internationally and provide a permanent forum for the network of Korean adoptee associations worldwide.

Adopted Vietnamese International
Adopted Vietnamese International’s (AVI) mission is to learn from, share support and encourage adopted Vietnamese as they explore their sense of identity/ies, heritage and diversity.

Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group (UK)
The Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group is co-ordinated by and for transnational and transracial adoptees. We welcome and encourage anyone who has been adopted into a family whose racial origin is different from theirs to join.

China’s Children International (CCI)

CCI is an organization run by adoptees for adoptees. 
The mission of CCI is to unite Chinese adoptees from all over the world in addition to providing an extensive network of support for all of us who share this common beginning. CCI promotes open discussions among its members and encourages members to share experiences with other adoptees. CCI also hopes to provide the opportunity for adoptees to give back to orphanages in China.


TORONTO, ON (ongoing)
Dual Language English/Mandarin School
The Dalton School

We encourage registration from families who adopt children from China and are interested in English and Mandarin education. The Dalton School is a dual-language English/Mandarin elementary school for children aged 4 and up, located in mid-town Toronto. Our mission is to develop academically inquisitive, culturally aware, language-oriented students through a dual language, bilingual school program.

Welcome to The Dalton School! We are a dual-language school; we have a balanced English and Mandarin curriculum designed to achieve academic proficiency in both languages. Our program focuses on developing academically inquisitive, culturally aware, language-oriented students from a young age.

The Dalton School | Facebook |
Caitlin Holmes (bad link: proper email address needed)| 416-432-3475

TORONTO, ON (ongoing)
Mandarin Immersion in the TDSB

Maintain a cultural connection to China in a Mandarin-intensive elementary program in the TDSB starting in Sept 2013. The Toronto Parents for Mandarin are seeking interested parents who would consider enrolling their children in a possible new program in downtown Toronto (Dundas St. W. and Bathurst St.) where children would learn 2.5 hours in Mandarin every day. The program is still under discussion, so we want to hear from you.

Toronto Parents for Mandarin: |

Thank you for your interest.

TORONTO, ON (ongoing)
All Easier (Bai Yi) Mandarin School

All Easier (Bai Yi) Mandarin is a school that provides customized Mandarin language programs for all ages and levels. Whether you want in-depth learning or basic Mandarin for business expansion and travel purposes, we can tailor a program to meet your needs.

Contact: Cynthia Xu
Details: download PDF

Jinbao Mandarin Bilingual Nursery School – website

ONTARIO (ongoing)
PRIDE Training – Adoption Council of Ontario

PRIDE Training OACAS (by local Children’s Aid Societies) – Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

Centre For Interpersonal Relationshipswebsite

BROCKVILLE, ON (ongoing)
Ange Gabriel Academy (Chinese School) – website

OTTAWA, ON (ongoing)
Jaku Konbit – Ottawa 

Jaku Konbit is a registered non-profit, educational community-based and family-oriented organization. Our mandate is to support and ameliorate the lives of minority and disadvantage youth, particularly Canadian children and youth of African and Caribbean descent in the Ottawa Region.


Ottawa Centre for Resilience – website

Bamboo Bunch

Bamboo Bunch (Cambridge/Waterloo region) hosts 4 events each year including: Autumn Moon; Breakfast with Santa; Chinese New Year and a spring picnic.

Susan Galloway: 519-458-4487 |
Sabine Prihoda:

Mandarin Mother Goose

Mandarin Mother Goose class at McNabb Community Centre facilitated by Susan Xu at the Somerset West Community Health Centre. She gives the class on Thursday mornings. (?)

Susan Xu: 613-238-8214 ext 2507 |

Mandarin Playgroup

Susan Xu facilitates Mandarin playgroup at the Dalhousie Community Centre on Tuesday mornings and at Cambridge High School on Friday mornings.

Susan Xu: 613-238-8214 ext 2507 |

Mandarin Classes
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board International Languages Program (IL)

How do you prepare to be a global citizen? Give your child the opportunity to learn a new language or to maintain the language of their heritage. In partnership with community groups, we offer classes in 43 different languages at the elementary level and 22 languages at the secondary level. Choose a language of your choice or contact us if you want to start a new language. This program is funded by the Ministry of Education and therefore there is no cost to parents.

List of classes: OCDSB  

Ottawa Catholic School Board
Continuing and Community Education

Research shows that learning a second or third language has a positive effect on all aspects of a child’s educational development. Who is eligible to attend? All children from junior kindergarten to grade eight who are residents of Ontario are welcome to attend free of charge. An activity fee is applicable to non-Ontario resident students. This program is open to all children regardless of cultural or ethnic background. The program is taught for 2.5 hours each Saturday for 33 Saturdays. The school year runs from September 8, 2012 to June 15, 2013. (content needs to be updated)

List of classes: OCSB (bad link; needs to be updated) 

The Parent Child Mother Goose Program Listings website

Attachment Association of Canada – website

Adopt4Life – website

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