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PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a comprehensive 27-hour educational program that is now recognized as essential preparation for all prospective adoptive parents in Ontario.

What is PRIDE?

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.

A fundamental purpose for a standardized preparation program is to ensure that adoptive applicants are educated about all their adoption options. Whether considering adoption through Children’s Aid Societies, private domestic adoption, or international adoption, adoptive applicants are welcome to attend any PRIDE training program.

The PRIDE curriculum provides information to help prepare all adoptive parents for the responsibilities involved in raising their children and incorporates information about the following:

  • Adoption and child welfare systems, processes and laws
  • Attachment as a central issue in all adoptions
  • Loss issues in adoption
  • Impact of adoption on your own family
  • Child development, child management and an overview of issues specific to the needs of adopted children
  • The effects of neglect, lack of stimulation, abuse, institutionalization on children
  • Identity formation and the importance of cultural and racial awareness
  • The importance of connections and continuity for children.

(Courtesy of Adopt Ontario)

For more information, you may also visit Adopt Ontario.

PRIDE Trainers

Approval to deliver PRIDE training in the private adoption sector is granted to individuals rather than agencies. Beginnings offers administrative support to PRIDE trainer Tonya Noble.

Trainer: Tonya Noble, M.A.
An approved adoption practitioner, Tonya has been working in the field of adoption for over a decade. She has counselled birth parents and adoptive families throughout the adoption process and continues to offer support for families throughout the post-placement years. Tonya has a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology and has spent many years as an individual, couple's and family counsellor. She has specialized in grief and loss issues and has been a workshop facilitator for Beginnings Adoption & Counselling Services for many years. As the Education Coordinator for Beginnings, Tonya also oversees a number of community education programs and services.<

Co-Trainer: Angela Krueger
With her husband, Angela is the parent of two children through domestic adoption. As a freelance writer she has shared her adoption and parenting experience with numerous publications including Adoptive Families Magazine, RainbowKids.com and IMPrint, a newsletter published by the Hospital for Sick Children. As the Adoption Feature Writer for Suite101.com she writes articles about all facets of adoption, many of which have appeared in adoption agency newsletters throughout Canada and the U.S. Angela has also been a speaker at education conferences and participated as a panelist for adoption seminars throughout Ontario.

Next PRIDE Session

A list of all upcoming PRIDE Pre-service training sessions can be accessed by clicking the link to the AdoptOntario website  (www.adoptontario.ca) and follow to PRIDE training.   Applicants are free to select the PRIDE Pre-service training program that they wish to attend.   If you are interested in taking one of the sessions with Tonya and Angela please see below and download and review the registration form on the left side of this page. 

9 Sessions PRIDE Pre-Service Training

(presented by Tonya Noble, M.A. & Angela Krueger)

When:  2016 sessions

Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6; and Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20 (9 am - 5 pm)

When:  2017 sessions

Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23; and Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 (9 am - 5 pm)

Anyone interested in adopting from CAS, private licensees/agencies, internationally

Victoria Park Golf Club East, Guelph

$1400 per couple / $700 per person         *fees are subject to change

To Register for P.R.I.D.E.
Please contact Tonya Noble at 519-577-1587 or email her at tnoble@rogers.com; or you may simply register by printing and completing the PRIDE Registration form. You will receive confirmation of your registration as soon as your payment is received. Refunds are subject to a cancellation fee of $400/couple ($200/person) up until two weeks prior to the start of training, after which there are no refunds unless there are extenuating circumstances.