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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
February 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
February 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
February 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
February 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
West Toronto- Light breakfast, snacks, free parlking $700 $1400 Dagmar Niffeler Details
March 3, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
March 4, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
March 9, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
March 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
April 8, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
220 Cambria Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 1J1 $700 $1400 Kenneth Plotnik Details
April 13, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 14, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 21, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
April 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
April 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pickering Rec Centre, 1867 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering-FREE PARKING-Etransfers-www.salgarofalo.com $700 $1300 Sal Garofalo Details
April 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Hamilton (west) - Hwy 403 & Main St. W. (Visitors Inn) **No HST** $700 $1300 Donna Durant Details
April 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Audley Recreation Centre: 1955 Audley Rd. N., Ajax. Free Parking. Light Breakfast & Lunch provided. $700 $1300 Michael Taylor Details
April 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 27, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
April 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 4, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
May 5, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Essex/Kent Counties- Lakeshore St. Andrews, 35 Amy Croft Drive, Tecumseh, ON. snacks/lunch included $800 $1600 Jan Congram Details
April 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 5, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
May 6, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Villa Marconi Centre, Baseline Road, Ottawa,ON Lunch provided, free parking $750 $1500 Linda Corsini Details
May 5, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 6, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 11, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
May 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
June 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
June 3, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
June 9, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
June 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pickering Rec Centre, 1867 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering-FREE PARKING-Etransfers-www.salgarofalo.com $700 $1300 Sal Garofalo Details
June 9, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
June 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
June 9, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
June 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
June 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
June 17, 2018 - 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
July 6, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 7, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 14, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
July 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
September 15, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
September 16, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
September 21, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
September 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
September 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
September 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
September 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
September 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pickering Rec Centre, 1867 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering-FREE PARKING-Etransfers-www.salgarofalo.com $700 $1300 Sal Garofalo Details
October 19, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 20, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 27, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Toronto - Hot breakfast and lunch included - Free parking - www.adoptioneducation.ca $750 $1450 Sofie Stergianis Details
November 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
November 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
November 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
November 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pickering Rec Centre, 1867 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering-FREE PARKING-Etransfers-www.salgarofalo.com $700 $1300 Sal Garofalo 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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