Progress & reporting

Participants who do not login within two weeks of the course opening or are inactive within the course environment for at least two weeks, will be considered as dropped out.

Participants will be assessed based on their participation, behaviour, understanding of content as well as their ability to demonstrate self-awareness and reflection. If concerns arise, the facilitator will contact the participant and offer extra support; continued concerns will lead to a red flag report that will be forwarded to the adoption social worker to offer additional support as required. 

At the end of the course, participants will receive a summary report and, if all modules are successfully completed, a completion certificate. These records will also be forwarded to the adoption social worker.

During the course, participants may be asked to complete and keep a copy of their coursework and assignments, which their social worker may request as part of the homestudy. Participants will be shown how to do this as a part of the course. The material of this course can be sensitive in nature and participants may find themselves reacting strongly to one or more of the topics. We ask that you keep an open conversation with your facilitator and social worker, who will offer support throughout. Our program emphasizes self-care and weekly check-ins.

We understand adoption as a life-long learning process; as such, we encourage participants to keep learning beyond the scope of the course. Throughout the course, the facilitator will offer feedback and answer questions.


Please note that taking AEP-Online does not necessarily ensure preferential treatment in the ministry assessment and placement process.

Participant rights and responsibilities

Due to the sensitive nature of the material in this course, you will be asked to sign waivers regarding privacy and confidentiality twice: when you register and then as you begin the first module.

As a participant in Belonging Network programming, you can expect:

  • To be treated with respect. We will respect your family-type, religion, ethnicity, culture and your opinions.
  • To have your personal information and family history kept private and strictly confidential, with one exception: if you disclose information that leads us to be concerned that you may have hurt or may hurt a child, we have a duty to report our concern to the proper authorities.
  • To have fair and equitable access to services where and when they are provided. When you inquire about our services, you will be given information to enable you to decide if our services are of interest to you, and to determine if you are eligible.
  • To be heard – The Belonging Network is always open to comments or suggestions about our services. If you have a complaint, we have a formal complaint procedure which is available to all clients on our website or by request.

As a participant in our group programs and services, the Belonging Network has the expectation that if you participate, you will:

  • Treat your co-participants with respect and understand that their adoption experiences, family-type, religion, ethnicity, culture and opinions may or may not be the same as yours. Respect the privacy and confidentiality of the group. Our rule is “what is said in the group stays in the group.”

Withdrawal & cancellation policy

If you want to withdraw from the online Adoption Education Program (AEP-Online), you must notify both your social worker and your Belonging Network course facilitator.  Your information will be respected under the “Participant rights & responsibilities” section above.

Cancellation refunds:

  • 100% refund if the Belonging Network cancels the course
  • 100% refund if you cancel before the course start date

Withdrawal refunds:

  • 75% refund if you withdraw within 7 days of the course start date
  • No refund if you withdraw more than 7 days after the course start date

Registration fee:

  • The registration fee is non-refundable unless the Belonging Network cancels the course

Copyright and reuse of material

The entire contents and design of the Belonging Network’s workshops and webinars are protected by Canadian and international copyright laws. When you begin the course, you will be asked to sign a waiver acknowledging that you will not copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, display, transmit, frame, or link any of these materials without prior written consent from the copyright owners.

Requests to reuse material from our workshops and webinars should be directed to: