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Parentbooks hopes to become as dependable a source of information for families and professionals using the Internet as we have been in more traditional ways. We'd like to help you find other useful sites, and will add the links we are most enthusiastic about. Please understand we are sharing these links on an informational basis only.

Adoption Links

Adopt Ontario Whether you are a potential or existing adoptive parent, birth parent or adopted person, use the AdoptOntario web site to learn more about adoption from an Ontario perspective. http://www.adoptontario.ca

Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is the umbrella organization for adoption in Canada. Based in Ottawa, the ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services. http://www.adoption.ca/

Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is an umbrella organization providing support to individuals and groups involved in adoption in Ontario. ACO also advocates for adoptees and all people connected with adoption. http://www.adoption.on.ca/

Canada Adopts is an online adoption meeting place for adoptive and birth families based in Toronto, with information, resources, discussion forums, reading lists and links to blogs about all aspects of adoption and infertility. http://www.canadaadopts.com

How to Support Birth Mothers Throughout an Adoption is a a detailed toolkit that provides actionable strategies that can help families and friends support birth mothers throughout the pregnancy and the adoption process. Published by Baylor University's Online Masters in Social Work program. https://onlinegrad.baylor.edu/resources/support-birth-mothers/

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Autism/PDD/Asperger Syndrome Links

The Autism Acceptance Project The Autism Acceptance Project is working towards achieving acceptance and tolerance of autistic people in society. TAAProject is interested in scientific and ethical answers to the question, "what kinds of help do autistics need in order to succeed and contribute to society as autistic people?" http://www.taaproject.com

Autism Ontario is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community in Ontario. Members are connected through a volunteer network of 29 Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario. http://www.autismontario.com

The Geneva Centre for Autism is a leader in developing and teaching the most effective techniques for those affected by Autism/P.D.D. The Centre delivers services to enhance the lives of people affected by Autism/P.D.D. http://www.autism.net/

Society for the Treatment of Autism is a national affiliation of organizations that provides treatment, educational, management and consultative services to people with autism and related disorders across Canada. http://www.autism.ca/

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Grief & Loss Links

Bereaved Families is dedicated our work to bereavement support through self-help and mutual aid. Our strong community spirit mirrors the commitment made by our volunteers and staff. Our programs are facilitated by trained volunteers who are themselves bereaved. Volunteer health professionals support our facilitators and advise our programs. http://www.bereavedfamilies.net/

The Centering Corporation is a family owned and operated business that is dedicated to serving the needs of those healing from loss.  http://www.centering.org/

Centre for Loss & Life Transition — Led by grief counselor and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, we are an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them. Perhaps someone you love has died, or you want to help a grieving friend or family member. Or maybe you are a professional or volunteer grief caregiver. Either way, we are here to offer resources and understanding. https://www.centerforloss.com/

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Learning Differences Links

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research CanChild is a multi-disciplinary team working in the field of childhood disability. The centre provides education for consumers, service providers, policy makers and students. http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/canchild/

C.H.A.D.D. A non-profit, parent-based organization for support, advocacy, education and research on ADD/ADHD. http://www.chadd.org/

The Hanen Centre is a recognized innovator in family-focused early language intervention programs and learning resources for parents and professionals around the world. http://www.hanen.org/

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) is the national voice for persons with learning disabilities and those who support them. LDAC is dedicated to a level playing field for individuals with learning disabilities to enable them to function as citizens with equitable opportunities and to develop to their chosen potential. http://www.ldac-acta.ca/

The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada is a national voluntary organization dedicated to helping individuals with Tourette Syndrome and their families and other interested parties by: gathering and distributing information, promoting local self-help and professional services and promoting research. http://www.tourette.ca/

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Parenting & Family Life Links

AboutKidsHealth is a great site for families from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Parents can visit one of the Resource Centres for more than a dozen health concerns, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. How The Body Works is an animated atlas of child anatomy, suitable for everyone. Just For Kids features more interactive games to help children learn about health and safety. http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca

Barbara Coloroso is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. She is an educational consultant for school districts, the medical and business community, the criminal justice system and other educational associations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Iceland. http://www.kidsareworthit.com

Canadian Institute of Child Health is a dedicated voice for children, working to improve their health and well-being through publications and resources for parents and health professionals. Their  role in child and family health involves working with governments to make sure the right kind of policies are developed; working with professionals and educators to equip them with the best in research and programs; and reaching out to families to help with the crucial task of nurturing, protecting, educating, and empowering our children. http://www.cich.ca/

Children as Peacemakers Peacemaking invites children into an organic exploration to develop understanding and skills for peer mediation and conflict resolution in school. Conflict resolution in schools provokes group dialogue and social problem solving through activities that include skits, circle discussions, and peer mediation under the close supervision of knowledgeable teachers. Peacemaking begins with conversation … children plan together … they develop a ritual and rules for the process … they work collaboratively to resolve conflicts. http://edu.apps01.yorku.ca/peacemakers/

The Hospital for Sick Children, affectionately called Sick Kids, is one of the largest paediatric academic health science centres in the world, with an international reputation for excellence in health care, research, and teaching. http://www.sickkids.on.ca

KidsAllergies contains over 50 articles all written by our team of experts and we add around 10 new articles each month. www.kidsallergies.co.uk

The LGBTQ Parenting Network — Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting, we work with individuals, organizations, and communities from the local to the international. The LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. http://lgbtqpn.ca/

Ontario Early Years Centres are places where parents and caregivers can take part with their children in a range of programs and activities. If you have a question about your child's development, or want to know how to get information or services for children up to the age of six, please call or visit your Ontario Early Years Centre. You can find the Early Years Centre in your community by clicking on our locations. From there you can also link to your local Ontario Early Years Centre web site and find out more about the free services it provides. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/FamilyPrograms.html

Parenting Today… with Kathy Lynn. A great resource for parents of toddlers to teens, her website includes sound advice, practical tips and a parenting newsletter. Kathy Lynn is a best-selling Canadian author whose parenting books have helped thousands of parents to improve their parenting skills. http://www.parentingtoday.ca/

Proud Grandparents contains over 70 articles all written by our team of experts. We add around new 10 articles each month, on everything from distance grandparenting to keeping up to date with current safety recommendations; from ideas for having fun together and creating family traditions to respecting parent’s authority and understanding child development. http://www.proudgrandparents.co.uk/home.html

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Pre & Perinatal Issues Links

Association of Ontario Midwives is the professional body representing midwives and the practice of midwifery in the province of Ontario. http://www.aom.on.ca/

Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. Our role is to unite, promote, support and strengthen the profession of midwifery. http://www.canadianmidwives.org/

CHOICES Childbirth Education and Doula Services offers educational and supportive care to pregnant, birthing and postpartum families in the Toronto, Oshawa, York and Peel regions. http://www.birthservices.com/

INFACT Canada The Infant Feeding Action Coalition (INFACT) Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organization consisting of individuals and groups working to improve the health and well-being of infants and young children through the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. http://www.infactcanada.ca

La Leche League has an extensive site with support and information for parents and professionals on breastfeeding. http://www.lalecheleague.org

Motherisk is a great source for evidence-based information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation. http://www.motherisk.org/

Multiple Births Canada’s mandate is to improve the quality of life for multiple birth individuals and their families in Canada.http://www.multiplebirthscanada.org

Pacific Post Partum Support Society is a non-profit society dedicated to supporting the needs of distressed postpartum mothers and their families. We have been assisting women to recovery for more than twenty-seven years. http://www.postpartum.org/

True Blue Natural Family provides resources for water birth, family massage therapy services (pregnancy, postpartum, pain management, de-stress and elderly care) at their Toronto clinic as well as pregnancy and massage therapy workshops since 1999. Eliana and Slaven Trinaistic are experienced and professional massage therapists and passionate water birth advocates. They work closely with expecting families, providing wholehearted support and prompt, reliable service. All details, costs and further information about the waterbirth and pregnancy massage are available on the website or contact via birthing@truebluetherapy.com. http://www.truebluetherapy.com/

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Special Needs Links

Behaviour Matters is dedicated to providing social skills group programs for children of all ages. Our unique programs will help children to develop the skills that they require in order for them to lead positive and productive lives. http://www.behaviourmatters.ca/

  • Social Skills, Anger Management, Self Esteem
  • Preschool, School Age, and Teens
  • Programs are offered in the daytime, after school and on the weekends

Disabled Travellers Welcome to DisabledTravelers.com, a resource dedicated to accessible travel information. This new site will provide you with information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel. A comprehensive listing of accessible travel specialists: Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Adventure Travel Companies, Accessible Cruise Specialists, Accessible Van Rentals & Equipment, Travel Companions, Home Exchanges, and Access Guides for wheelchair users and other disabled travelers. http://www.disabledtravelers.com/

VORT is dedicated to helping serve infants, toddlers, children, and their families. Their products are designed to encourage effective planning and communication, and to help you get the most from your limited time. They call their products Practical Tools because they can help you save time, they are developmental in design, and they are comprehensive yet easy to use. Parentbooks is the proud Canadian distributor for VORT. http://www.vort.com/

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Therapy/Counselling Links

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) exists to promote the mental health of all people and to serve mental health consumers, their families and friends. http://www.cmha.ca/

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a public hospital providing direct patient care for people with mental health and addiction problems. The Centre is also a research facility, an education and training institute and a community based organization providing health promotion and prevention services across the province of Ontario, and is designated as a World Health Organization Centre of Excellence. http://www.camh.net/

The Infant Mental Health Promotion Project (IMP) is a coalition of professional representatives from agencies concerned with infants and their families. http://www.sickkids.ca/imp/index.html

Toronto Psychotherapy Group — Whether you’re facing a crisis or seeking a more balanced, insightful perspective in your life, a psychotherapist from Toronto Psychotherapy Group is prepared to assist you. We’ve developed this site to help Torontonians connect with able, compassionate therapists dedicated to brightening the lives of individuals wanting assistance in their process of growth and insight. Our member therapists are conveniently located throughout the greater Toronto area. http://www.torontopsychotherapygroup.com/

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