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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
November 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
November 25, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
November 30, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
December 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Continental breakfast and hot lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $700 $1350 Sofie Stergianis Details
November 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
November 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
December 8, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
December 9, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
West Toronto-Light Breakfast, snacks, free parking, close to major highways $700 $1350 Dagmar Niffeler Details
January 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
January 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
January 18, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
January 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Continental breakfast and hot lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $700 $1350 Sofie Stergianis Details
January 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
January 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
January 26, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
January 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
McLean Community Center. 95 Magill Dr., Ajax. Free Parking. Light Breakfast & Lunch provided. $700 $1300 Michael Taylor Details
February 1, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
February 2, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
February 9, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
February 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Continental breakfast and hot lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $700 $1350 Sofie Stergianis Details
March 2, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
March 3, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
March 8, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
March 9, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Continental breakfast and hot lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $700 $1350 Sofie Stergianis Details
March 23, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March 29, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
March 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 5, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
April 6, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Windsor/Essex/Kent County 235 Amy Croft Drive, Tecumseh, ON snacks & lunch provided $800 $1600 Jan Congram Details
April 5, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 6, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Continental breakfast and hot lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $700 $1350 Sofie Stergianis Details
May 4, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 5, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 11, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Continental breakfast and hot lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $700 $1350 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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