Adoption and Baby

Education Programs

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, 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 Care Centres:

•  Parenting Programs
•  Prenatal & post natal support
•  Baby Smarts school program

“Education is the key to successful placements”

To learn more about Care Centre Programs, contact our Care Centres or the Hamilton office at any time

Beginnings Family Services

Educational Programs

Upcoming Seminars

Supplementary Adoption Training Educational Seminar – Beyond PRIDE

September 28, 2019 in Toronto

For those who are PRIDE Training “graduates”, this session is aimed at further enriching your knowledge in adoption. This Educational Seminar will review all the different adoption processes and options, teach positive adoption language, discuss helping children adjust, and provide an understanding of open adoption relationships.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $125/person. Lunch & refreshments served. Location details provided upon registration.

Contact Sofie Stergianis, Adoption Resources, 416-483-0003,

Pregnancy Education

Baby Smarts

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.

Adoption Education

PRIDE Training

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.


An Education Seminar for Extended Family and Friends

May 14, 2022 – ONLINE – 9:30am-1:30pm EST

For Your:
Parents & In-laws
Older Children
Other Family Members

Finally – a seminar to help family and friends understand adoption. This seminar will be helpful during the adoption process, or after the adoption has been completed. The seminar will help involve family and friends, and will provide education about the different aspects of adoption:
• Positive adoption language
• How to answer questions – Privacy versus secrecy
• Adjustments of internationally adopted & older children
• Understanding open adoption relationships
• Losses in adoption for everyone in the adoption “constellation”
• Growing up adopted – presentation by an adult adoptee
• How family and friends can be supportive – (and what not to do)

For more information and to register, contact Sofie Stergianis, 416-483-0003

ONLINE – Adoption Resource Exchange

The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is thrilled to invite you to this year’s Spring Provincial Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) 2021! The virtual event will take place over a two-day period, Friday, May 28, 2021 (6PM – 8PM) and Saturday, May 29, 2021 (10AM – 2PM).

What to Expect at the ACO’s Spring Provincial ARE 2021

This year, the ACO has a lot in store for both perspective adoptive parents and adoption professionals! A detailed agenda will be released closer to the virtual event. This year’s ARE will include:

  • On-Demand Videos by Child/Youth Workers
  • 1:1 Video/Text Chat Feature between Workers and Perspective Adoptive Parents
  • Education for Adoption ProfessionalsEducation for Perspective Adoptive Parents
  • A Panel Discussion lead by Adopt4Life
  • The AdoptOntario Online Platform will be available to AdoptReady applicants for two weeks prior to the virtual event and two weeks following the virtual event.

New and Noteworthy

The ACO is eager to be refocusing the AREs to remind us of the essence, needs and wishes of waiting children and youth. The ARE will be revamped with a new look and approach to continue to identify permanency for children and youth across Ontario.

To increase permanency for children and youth, the ACO will be taking an educational and child-centered focused approach to the ARE. Education for the ARE will provide tangible and direct tools and techniques on the key concepts of adoption for both prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals.

Register for the ARE today! *Registration closes on May 27th, 2021

How to Register:

Step One: Sign up on AdoptOntario by clicking here.
(Please skip this step if you already have an AdoptOntario account)

Step Two: Register for the ACO’s Spring Provincial ARE 2021!
(Please use your AdoptOntario account username and password to sign in)

Adoption: What To Do While You Wait

Join experienced child and family therapist, and (adoptive) mom-in-the-trenches, Karen Peters in this 10-part course. Designed for couples in the process of adoption, this course invites partners to strengthen their connection and develop a relationship game plan to survive the transition to parenthood with their relationship intact. Enjoy an engaging presentation style courtesy of an experienced adoptive parent that will equip you with the tools to create a legacy of care and connection for the family you are building. Make use of the time while you are waiting for the call to set your family up for their very best success.

Code: BEGINNINGSFS gives 20% off the cost of the program

Adoption Matters’ Online Education

Online Education Series

Looking to build you knowledge with tools, tips and strategies to help you in your adoption and parenting journey?

Adoption Matters’ Online Education is an exciting, new way of learning more about adoption and permanency journeys and how best to support children, youth, adults and families on them.

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    Why does Beginnings have education as part of their services?

    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.

    What kinds of programs are offered through Beginnings?

    We offer the following programs:

    • Parenting and family support programs
    • Prenatal support
    • Life skills
    • Baby Smarts – Healthy Relationship Program
    Are different programs offered at different sites?
    • Beginnings Hamilton primarily focuses on Adoption and Embryo Donation related programs.
    • Guelph and Woodstock Care Centres focus on prenatal and parenting programs for individuals and couples who may be struggling with multiple challenges. Our goal is to provide programming which can support each person’s unique needs and build strong and healthy foundations for children and their families.
    Who can attend these education programs?

    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.

    What is PRIDE training ? Where can I get this?

    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 mandatory in the province of 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.

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