Surviving and Thriving: The First Two Years of Placement


This new workshop is designed to prepare adoptive and permanency families as they navigate the critical and often challenging first two years of placement. This workshop covers topics such as trauma, attachment and openness. Our interactive workshop provides a toolkit of hands-on strategies that will ensure families are prepared with realistic expectations, knowledge, and specific skills.

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Workshop facilitator: Lucy French, Family Support Worker 

Lucy is a bio, foster, and adoptive parent! Her family includes two grown up kids and a range of littles. Lucy's areas of specialty include transitions, early childhood parenting strategies, and parent coaching.

Format: This course is composed of three 1.5-hour online workshops and three hours of self-directed homework.

Course outline:

Session 1 - Matching, placement, and transition

  1. Adoption journey 
  2. Matching and proposals 
  3. Q&A with a Transition Worker 
  4. Commitment and transitions 
  5. Self care  

Session 2 - Impacts of trauma, grief, and loss, on transitioning

  1. Understanding trauma, grief, and loss
  2. Identifying trauma triggers
  3. Strategies and parenting tips 

Session 3 - Relationship as key to healing

  1. Attachment in the first two years
  2. Common behaviours 
  3. Parenting strategies


Activities: Presented in an online multi-media format, activities include: live online presentations, online group discussions, watching videos, reading articles, homework assignments. 

This workshop uses the MS Teams online meeting platform. The steps to join a Teams meeting can be found here.

We recommend participants view our Predictable Adjustments Webinar prior to the workshop. Concepts in the webinar will be referred to in the workshop. 

Audience: The workshop is designed for prospective adoptive and permanency parents who have completed the AEP, and are in the process of completing a Home study,  reviewing proposals, pending a placement, or have just been placed with a child.

Dates: June 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Fee: $50 per person

Login info: Workshop login information will be provided to you one day prior to each workshop session.

Contact: Registrar 604-320-7330 ext 107 or

Cancellation Policy

June 2nd, 2021 7:00 PM through June 16th, 2021 8:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
Per person $ 50.00
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Location: Online
Format Online course
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