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Information about PRIDE for Adoptive Applicants

Education to prepare adoptive parents to meet the needs of adopted children is now recognized in Ontario as essential for all adoptions whether public, private or international.

PRIDE, the standardized educational program and SAFE, the homestudy assessment tool (SAFE) are used together to prepare all applicant families to foster or adopt children, allowing them wider choices for placement.

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Private PRIDE Schedule

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Date and Times Location Cost Per Person Cost Per Couple Contact Name
April 16, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
April 17, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 18, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 23, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
April 24, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 25, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Live Virtual Instructor Led Training (Zoom). Private&International Enhancements $400 $700 Michael Taylor Details
April 17, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 18, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 24, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 25, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
April 30, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from Apr 30 - Jun 11. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
May 7, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from May 7 - Jun 18. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
May 14, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from May 14 - Jun 25. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
May 28, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from May 28 - Jul 9. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
May 28, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
May 29, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
May 30, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
June 4, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
June 5, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
June 6, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Live Virtual Instructor Led Training (Zoom). Private&International Enhancements $400 $700 Michael Taylor Details
May 29, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 30, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 5, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 6, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
June 4, 2021 - 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from June 4 - July 16. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
June 11, 2021 - 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from June 11 - July 23. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
June 18, 2021 - 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from June 18 - July 30. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
June 19, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 20, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 26, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 27, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
July 9, 2021 - 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from July 9 - Aug 20. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
July 16, 2021 - 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from July 16 - Aug. 27. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
July 17, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 18, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 24, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 25, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
July 23, 2021 - 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM
This is an ONLINE offering. Course runs from July 23 - Sept. 3. Open to participants across Ontario. $200 $400 Andrea Donnell Details
August 14, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
August 15, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
August 21, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
August 22, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
September 11, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
September 12, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
September 18, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
September 19, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
October 16, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 17, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 23, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 24, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details
November 20, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
November 21, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
November 27, 2021 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
November 28, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Live Classroom online - Private & International Enhancements - www.adoptioneducation.ca $500 $1000 Sofie Stergianis Details

PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nine-session course for a total of 27 hours of training that could be offered in a variety of ways, from once a week to sessions on weekends. Whenever possible, applicant participation in a PRIDE training program should be concurrent with the completion of their SAFE homestudy.

The PRIDE curriculum provides information to help prepare all adoptive parents for the responsibilities involved in raising their children and incorporates information about the following:

  • Adoption and child welfare systems, processes and laws
  • Attachment as a central issue in all adoptions
  • Loss issues in adoption
  • Impact of adoption on your own family
  • Child development, child management and an overview of issues specific to the needs of adopted children
  • The effects of neglect, lack of stimulation, abuse, institutionalization on children
  • Identity formation and the importance of cultural and racial awareness
  • The importance of connections and continuity for children

All PRIDE trainers have received comprehensive training and have been approved by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies which holds the Ontario license for PRIDE. Each session is led by co-leaders, one an adoption professional and the other an experienced adoptive or foster parent. They will address the learning needs of all group participants regardless of their specific adoption plans, as they explore their options.

PRIDE in the Private Adoption Sector

For private and international adoptions, PRIDE training is required for all adoptive applicants who started their homestudy after December 31, 2007.

OACAS approves all PRIDE trainers, both lead trainers and co-trainers. Lead PRIDE trainers in the private adoption sector are qualified to teach PRIDE Pre-service to any adoptive applicants regardless of where the applicant is applying to adopt. Adoptive applicants may register to attend any PRIDE program that is convenient.

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