Adoption and Baby
Beginnings offers a variety of counselling services related to pregnancy, adoption and embryo donation.
Our professional staff have extensive knowledge and expertise working with individuals, couples, and families in the field of adoption and pregnancy support. Beginnings recognizes that issues related to any of our specialty service areas have life long implications for all involved. Staff will be there to mediate open adoption and embryo donation relationships and contact agreements.
But most importantly, Beginnings staff will always be available for questions from children created through third party reproduction. These wonderful and special children may have questions and, possibly, concerns as they mature and grow older. The Beginnings family will play a supporting and encouragement role for children and their parents.
Education programs offered by Beginnings:
• Prenatal & post natal support
• Baby Smarts school program
• Heart to Heart – life skills
“Education is the key to successful placements”
Fees and Forms
There are no fees for birth parents or school programs.
- Adoptive parents education seminars
- PRIDE training ranges from $1,400 to $1,500 across the province
Beginnings Family Services
In 2009, Beginnings launched our Baby Smarts Program. Our agency has a long history of working with pregnant teens and young people who are parenting or exploring adoption and we wanted to offer a program that addressed many of the challenges they face. This program was initiated as a way of connecting with youth in high schools and youth group settings.
PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) training has been required for all CAS adoptions since April 2007. For private domestic and international adoption, PRIDE is required for all adoptive applicants who started their home study after December 31, 2007.
Beginnings views education as the cornerstone for building strong families. Since many of the families who come to Beginnings are created through adoption, embryo donation and single parenting, there is a need to provide support and education to families who have special needs. It is one thing to adopt, donate or receive embryos, or parent on your own, but all parties need to find ways to help their children growing up in unique situations. Beginnings programs offer insight and understanding in how to meet their childrens’needs.
We offer the following programs:
- Prenatal & post natal support groups
- Life skills
- School programs – “Baby Smarts”
- Speaker nights and special topic seminars
Yes, Beginnings Hamilton, Beginnings Guelph, Beginnings Woodstock and Beginnings Northumberland offer a variety of programs:
- The Hamilton location primarily focuses on adoption and embryo donation related programs
- Guelph, Woodstock and Northumberland focus on programs for single parents
- School based healthy relationship programs are available in most locations
Birth parents and Embryo Donor parents can attend all programs at no cost to themselves. Adoptive parents and Embryo Recipients can attend for a fee for service.
Adoptive parents will learn how adoptive parenting differs from biological parenting. Our programs address ways to talk to children about being adopted, and how to naviagate open adoption relationships.
Birth parents come to Beginnings to resolve a dilemma. With education and links with other birth parents, they come to understand the importance of providing comprehensive information about themselves, about the importance of including birth fathers in the process, and, how to navigate an open relationship with the adoptive couple and with their child.
Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) is a comprehensive 27 hour training program that is now recognized as essential preparation for all prospective adoptive and foster parents. It is offered in several provinces but is mandatory in Ontario. It is completed in tandem with the home study process before adoptive applicants can adopt. It is offered at various times and locations in Ontario.