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.

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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
  • Prenatal & post natal support groups
  • Life skills
  • School programs – “Baby Smarts”
  • Speaker nights and special topic seminars
Are different programs offered at different sites?

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
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.

Why is training and education needed for to be an adoptive parent?

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.

Why is training and education needed for to be a birth parent?

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.

Why is education and training needed to be an Embryo Donor?
​Embryo donors will learn by talking with our counsellors about the life long issues for their genetic children growing in other families and about how to navigate open relationships
Why is education and training needed to be an Embryo Recipient?
​Embryo Recipients will learn, in talking with our counsellors and through their assessment, about the unique issues related to how their family is created, the importance of open relationships, how to navigate ongoing contact, and questions children created from third party reproduction will have over their life time
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 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.

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