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PROFESSIONAL DAY: Transitioning Children from Foster Care to Adoption

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Forever Families of Canada

1445 Callsbeck Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R2K 4K4

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A Child's Song is offering a professional development opportunity for Manitoba social workers:

"TRANSITIONING CHILDREN from FOSTER CARE to ADOPTION"

PRESENTER: Andrea Chatwin, MA, CCC; Founder & Clinical Director of A Child's Song


Transitioning a child from foster care to adoption is a complex process with significant implications for the future development of the new parent-child relationships. Planning transitions based on current “best practice” can be slow, confusing and at times discouraging for those involved.

The purpose of this presentation is to explore current trends in transitioning young children from foster care to adoption, and then, to provide guiding principles that support more effective, research-based ways to support the transition.

Through the use of case studies and visual representations, participants will develop a deeper understanding of children’s needs during transition. The guidelines that have been developed are based on both the experience of working with foster and adoptive families and on current research in neurobiology, infant mental health, and trauma.

At the end of the presentation, participants will take away new information that will assist them in understanding the needs of children and caregivers in the transition process from foster care to adoption. They will also take with them a set of guiding principles to inform their decision making during each transition they support.

Lunch & energy breaks included; ample free parking available on site.

* for Social Workers only, limited spaces available, all agencies welcome.




Presenter: Andrea Chatwin, MA, CCC; Founder & Clinical Director of A Child's Song

Andrea holds a master's degree in Counselling Psychology and has extensive experience as an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician. She specializes in effective responding to attachment and trauma, particularly focusing on children who have had caregiver losses and placement disruptions. Andrea has worked overseas in orphanages and studied the effects of abuse, neglect and developmental trauma on children of various ages. She is a proud adoptive parent of a Haitian-Canadian child and has therefore experienced firsthand the unique challenges of parenting through adoption. Andrea founded A Child's Song as a result of her passion for supporting adoptive and foster families in developing strong parent child connections. She is committed to providing adoptive parents the tools they need to be therapeutic parents. Andrea is an effective keynote speaker and workshop facilitator with extensive experience addressing a wide variety of audiences including parents, professionals and policy makers. She recently was a featured workshop presenter and attendees' favorite at the Belong Summit in Winnipeg in October 2017 which A Child's Song sponsored.



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