Safe Babies - NEW format!
This self-directed, self-paced workshop is for anyone who’s interested in adopting, fostering, or caring for a baby or toddler — especially if there is any risk of prenatal substance exposure.
This workshop covers:
- Building compassion for birth parents
- Understanding addiction and the impacts of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure on the infant
- What to expect when bringing home baby
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Format: This self-directed online workshop is comprised of videos, discussions, and journaling. Participants will receive a takeaway resource guide. Participants can complete the sessions at their own pace within the workshop dates.
Important note: To receive a completion certificate for Safe Babies, participants must obtain certified infant/child First Aid (including CPR) training outside of AFABC and provide their certificate to the AFABC registrar.
Fee: $150 per person.
Parenting kids with trauma can be tough at any stage of their development. This online workshop is designed to provide tips and tools for trauma-informed parenting and to help parents and caregivers understand the relationship between trauma, their child, and adoption/permanency.
Format: This course is composed of three 2-hour online workshop sessions. Trauma-Informed Parenting is taught by an instructor with over 16 years in the permanency field. She holds her Master in Social Work and is a PhD candidate in Child and Youth Care.
Fee: $95 per person. Joining the waitlist is free. Dates: Tuesdays, April 9, 16, & 23
Parenting Teens & Tweens - WAITLIST
This is a *waitlist only*. Those who join the waitlist will be contacted when registration opens for the next Parenting Teens & Tweens workshop, and be given the opportunity to register.
Parenting Teens & Tweens offers an introduction to the parental joys, challenges, and typical behaviors connected with parenting a teen or tween in or from care.
The three-part workshop gives parents an understanding of teen development and provides tips and tools to support their parenting journey. Topics include positive identity formation, the impact of transitions, mental health, disruptions and breakdowns, and more.
Fee: $50 per person. Joining the waitlist is free.
Raising Relatives - WAITLIST
This is a *waitlist only*. Those who join the waitlist will be contacted when registration opens for the next Raising Relatives workshop, and be given the opportunity to register.
Many Canadians, particularly grandparents, are becoming “parents for the second time around” when relatives experience difficulties and their children need care. Those raising relatives face unique challenges that may require support and parenting strategies for themselves and the children in their care.
This three-part online workshop provides a safe environment to discuss feelings about caregiving for a relative, learn strategies to deal with trauma and trauma-related behaviours, and manage openness in familial relationships.
Joining the waitlist is free.
Surviving & Thriving - WAITLIST
This 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 transitions, behaviour, 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.
Joining the waitlist is free.