The Intricacies of Open Adoption

Open Adoption Workshop

Open adoption is a kind of family formation. When adopting a child, adoptive parents welcome the child into their family and also form a connection with members of the child's biological family. 

The ARCS's Open Adoption Workshop teaches adoptive parents how to build and maintain an extended family  relationship with birthparents and other  family members of the child.  The tutorial focuses on you. This day long tutorial is a round table discussion with you,  a birthparent, birthgrandparent and Jennie.

The discussion will focus on how to prepare for an open adoption relationship, how to assess your readiness for such a relationship, how to build and maintain an extended family open adoption relationship, and how to cope with the relationship challenges that may occur in an open adoption.

Also, the tutorial will guide you in preparing a profile geared to an open adoption relationship. ARCS also requires you to prepare a two page letter for the birthparents. The  initial preparation of this letter will be done in the workshop.

Upcoming Workshop Dates:

- Saturday, April 29, 2017-Kingston, ON

- Saturday, October 28, 2017-Toronto, ON


Workshop Location Details:

162 Philips Street
Kingston, Ontario  K7M 2Z8

134 Clifton Road., Toronto, ON  M4T 2G6

TIME: Registration: 9:30 to 10am - Tutorial: 10 am to 3 pm

Workshop Application
For your convenience, we have provided a copy of our tutorial registration form. It is available in PDF. Click here to access the form.

Cost of Tutorial
$800.00 ( $400.00 per person) plus HST. Total cost is $904.00. Payment can be by check (Made out to Adoption Resource and Counselling Services) or by interac e transfer.

Preparation for Workshop

Please read one of the following books or view the following DVD

The Open Adoption Experience-Melina and Kaplan
The Spirit of Open Adoption-Jim Gritter
OPEN UP-ARCS DVD-See Open Adoption Learning Centre

Directions to 162 Phillips Street

Kingston Accommodations located near Phillips Street.

Travelodge Hotel Lasalle Kingston
2360 Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario

Peachtree Inn
1187 Princess Street

Ambassador Resort Hotel
1550 Princess Street

Best Western Fireside Inn
1217 Princess Street

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