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New Tools for Parenting Adopted Children With Special Needs

OTTAWA, ON -- (Marketwired) -- 12/16/13 -- Today, the Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is releasing three monographs, completing the series "Towards special needs parenting: Working together towards success", which began with a four- part video in August 2013. These short booklets for parents, professionals and service providers offer practical information on issues and strategies, as well as a resource list.

Each monograph examines a theme from a Canadian study of parenting adopted children (aged 1-12) with disabilities, disorders, medical conditions or prenatal substance exposure. These monographs were created from Dr. Alice Home's 26 interviews with parents, adoption associations and social workers, and from group discussions during 2012 workshops with adoption and disability communities held in Ottawa, London and Victoria. This dissemination project, which aims to make research accessible in the community, is supported by a grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded to Dr. Home and her team: ACC Past President Sandra Scarth and University of Windsor researcher Dr. Irene Carter.

The first and second monographs will be useful for any family dealing with child disability and for all those who help them. The third is geared specifically to the adoption community. These free monographs are available for download via the ACC website:

Monograph 1 - What's Going On? Disentangling Children's Disabilities and Getting Support

Monograph 2 - Advocacy for Children with Disabilities: Issues and Strategies

Monograph 3 - Addressing Culture and Disability in Special Needs Adoption: Challenges and Strategies

In addition to the featured monographs, the project team has released a French-version of the second video on the Stakeholder study findings. Each monograph includes a summary in French to better serve the Canadian adoption community.

"The Adoption Council of Canada is proud to add these monographs and videos to our website," says Executive Director Sarah Pedersen. "The rich content, coupled with the resource lists, are most valuable in helping us understand the complexity faced by these parents whose children have special needs. More importantly, these tools will be easily accessible anytime parents and professionals want to consult them". Pedersen adds that ACC's recent survey on special needs adoptive parenting in BC and Ontario supports the relevance of the monographs: "Our preliminary findings support the importance of the core themes and echo both the difficulty in accessing services and the ongoing need to advocate for resources".

This work is an important step in ensuring that our Canadian adoption professionals and adoptive parents are equipped with the right tools as they support our most precious gifts: our children.

This press release is also available in French. To obtain a copy, please contact Sarah Pedersen (sarah@adoption.ca) or Dr. Alice Home (Alice.Home@uottawa.ca).

For more information:

Sarah Pedersen
Executive Director
Adoption Council of Canada
Email Contact
1-888-542-3678

Dr. Alice Home
Emeritus Professor
University of Ottawa
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