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Pathways for Blended Families (families who are parenting both adoptive and biological children) – Fall 2021

October 12 @ 6:30 pm

Pathways is an 8-session curriculum

Location: Online via Zoom (The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date; please see below for technical requirements).

Time: Tuesday Evenings; 6:30pm to 9:30pm


  • Session 1: October 12, 2021
  • Session 2: October 19, 2021
  • Session 3: October 26, 2021
  • Session 4: November 2, 2021
  • Session 5: November 9, 2021
  • Session 6: November 16, 2021
  • Session 7: November 30, 2021
  • Session 8: December 7, 2021

Additional Details

Who: This training is for parents and caregivers where a placement has already occurred.

Cost: FREE! This course is being offered at NO cost to participants thanks to funding from the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Technical & set-up requirement:

  • Laptop or desktop computer with functioning webcam and microphone capabilities.
  • Strong/stable internet connection with a speed of at least 10mbps
  • In order to preserve families’ privacy and comfort levels, anyone other than another Pathways participant, should not be in the same room with you while participating in a Pathways Zoom session; this includes children and teens.



Lesley Allen, BSW
Lesley is a Social Worker with over 17 years experience in a variety of roles in Child Welfare.  Lesley’s currently role with CAS is to provide clinical supports to families post adoption.  Lesley also works as a private practitioner, providing counseling services to families and individuals with a focus on supporting blended and non-traditional families.  Lesley is  also a PRIDE Trainer, as well as having trained programs in crisis management and de-escalation strategies.  Lesley has significant experience working in the non-traditional concurrent planning / foster for permanency model.

Debbie Burk B.A. Psych 
I have over 30 years of experience working with children, youth and their families.  For the past 15 years I have worked in the Child Welfare Sector as a Children’s worker, Family worker, Adoption worker and Foster Care worker. I am the mother of 5 children and have been living the permanency journey with 2 biological children and 3 stepchildren.  I have always been interested in understanding the impact of grief, loss and trauma on individuals and have shifted my learning to working with people through a trauma informed lens.   


Certificate: A certificate of completion is available upon request.

To see other Pathways offerings in Ontario, click here to go to our events page.

Can’t attend any of these offerings? Click here to be notified about the next round.

Note: Ontario’s PRIDE curriculum is equivalent to The Kinship Center’s Pathways to Permanence 1 curriculum.

Detailed Information about Pathways 2

Click here for detailed information on Pathways 2.

© ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals and Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children who have Experienced Trauma and Loss are copyrights of Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies in California. Through a partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies, Adoption Council of Ontario owns the exclusive Ontario license to ACT and Pathways 2.



October 12
6:30 pm
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