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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 $75.00 CDN 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, Darlene Catton , or Cathy Murphy.

Download The Adoption Resource List (PDF file)

Resource Links for adoptive families and 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 discource.)

Inter-Country Adoptee Support Network (ICASN)
A network of adult intercountry adoptees and have 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: mfallesen@rogers.com

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 China 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 YahooGroups

AK Connection – Adopted Koreans Minnesota

Global Overseas Adoptees' Link (G.O.A.'L) is a non-profit organization and a 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.
Please Contact us at: chinachildreninternational@gmail.com
Website: http://www.chinaschildreninternational.org/

Toronto, Ontario
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.

Caitlin Holmes
Caitlin Holmes
The Dalton School

Toronto, Ontario
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.

More details can be found at: Toronto Parents for Mandarin (http://ginggolb.wordpress.com)
or email: parentsmandarin@yahoo.ca
Thank you for your interest.
Toronto, Ontario
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: Adobe Acrobat PDF
PRIDE Training
Adoption Council of Ontario Website: Please click here
Brockville, Ontario
Ange Gabriel Academy (Chinese School)
Please see this article for more information on the school please click here
Ottawa, Ontario
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.
Contact:www.jakukonbit.com or call 613-567-0600
4 times per year

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

For more details contact:
Susan Galloway: 519-458-4487sueg@sympatico.ca
or Sabine Prihoda: beany2@sympatico.ca
Mandarin Mother Goose
Ottawa, Ontario
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.
For more information you can reach Susan Xu at 613-238-8214 ext 2507 and her e-mail is: sxu@swchc.on.ca
Mandarin Playgroup
Ottawa, Ontario
Susan Xu facilitates Mandarin playgroup at the Dalhousie Community Centre on Tuesday mornings and the Mandarin playgroup at Cambridge High School on Friday mornings.
For more information you can reach Susan Xu at 613-238-8214 ext 2507 and her e-mail is: sxu@swchc.on.ca
Mandarin Classes - Ottawa, Ontario
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): http://www.ocdsb.ca/programs/continuweb/ILP/Pages/default.aspx

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.
List of Classes (OCSB): http://continuingeducation.ottawacatholicschools.ca/content.php?doc=160
Attachment Association of Canada
I am emailing today to reach out to any and all who are interested in a Parent Support Group or for attachment issues.

We have many therapists listed on our website who are interested in hosting a group (in fact there are two new groups just opened and information is available on our site: http://attachmentcan.ca/

Please email us your name and the city/town where you live in Canada if you would like more information on this.

If we have a therapist in your location we will pass on that email and you will hear from them. If we do not we will save your email and contact you if a therapist does become listed and is doing support groups in your location.

Please forward this email to any friends/clients/colleagues that you feel would like to know about this. We look forward to hearing back from many of you!

Susan Schumacher
President Attachment Association of Canada

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