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Workshops & Events

Workshops & Events


Adoptee Workshops

W.I.S.E Up workshops give children in grades 1 -5 and their parents the techniques to handle comments and questions about adoption.  This program gives children the power to choose how to talk about adoption with others.  During these workshops, parents and children will work in two separate groups and then come together at the end to share their experiences.

Adoption Options is excited to be able to offer this workshop for the first time in Manitoba.

Date: TBD – January 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street
Cost: $50 for one child (and parents), $75 for a family with two children.

Note: A parent group will run simultaneously to the children’s group.

If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming workshop or to register please contact

The W.I.S.E. Up Workbook

W.I.S.E. Up the Owl leads young readers through the book with questions about feelings, different ways the topic of adoption is brought up by peers, and how to handle situations as they arise. Kids are given choices on how to respond with several different examples. The W.I.S.E. Up Powerbook offers kids real solutions that they can use at any time to handle themselves with confidence and strength.

Adoption Options has Adoptee W.I.S.E Up workbooks available to purchase for $20.00 each plus shipping fees.  If you are interested in purchasing a book please contact

Birthmother Group

Adoption Options is pleased to offer a birthmother group. This group will offer birthmothers a place to come and meet other birthmothers; provide one another with peer counselling, support, encouragement and friendship.  All meetings will be held at Adoption Options, 1313 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.

The next meeting will be on Sunday May 28th, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this group or would like more information please contact:

Bonnie Snow, Executive Director

Ph: 204-774-0511 ext. 201


Circle of Security

Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.  This group is geared toward anyone already parenting and seeking more information on attachment.

The dates for the 2017 Circle of Security Parenting Program have not been set yet.  If you are interested in receiving a notification please email

Free Information Evenings

We recommend this session as a first step for those exploring the possibility of adopting. The free evening session has been developed to provide prospective adoptive parents with insight into private and intercountry adoption.  The session will provide information about the adoption process as well as information about our agency.   To register please click on the date/session you would like to attend and you will be redirected to the online registration.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: 1313 Portage Avenue (Adoption Options)


Division 2 Education Seminars

Adoption Options provides education seminars for those proceeding with a private adoption application.

Upcoming Division 2 Education Seminars:

  • February 9 & 10, 2018
  • May 4 & 5, 2018

To register for the education seminar you must have completed an application for adoption with Adoption Options.  Please call Adoption Options at 774-0511 or email for more information about starting the adoption process.

Division 3 Education Seminars

A two-day international education seminar for those seeking to proceed with Intercountry Adoption. In accordance with the Adoption Act, applicants must complete an educational component before they can be approved to adopt.

Division 3 – Intercountry Adoption Education Seminars:

  • May 5 & 6, 2017
  • October 21 & 22,  2017 (Saturday & Sunday)

To register for the education weekend you must have completed an application for adoption with Adoption Options. Please call Adoption Options at 204-774-0511 or email for more information about starting the adoption process.

Conceiving Dreams

Registration is now open for the 16th annual Conceiving Dreams Dinner and Trivia Night sponsored by Wellington-Altus Private Wealth!  This event celebrates adoption and Adoption Awareness Month on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at the Canad Inns Polo Park.

Register now!

On the first Saturday of November, Adoption Options hosts our annual Conceiving Dreams Dinner and Trivia Night to celebrate adoption and Adoption Awareness Month.

This event is FUN and EXCITING where tables compete against each other in a live interactive trivia game to try their luck at being the winning table. Each team answers questions from a range of topics using their experience, wit, wisdom, and some luck to outsmart the opposing teams. In addition to the trivia game, evening highlights include a great meal, rainbow auction packages, silent auction packages, live auction packages, a photo booth, and music and dancing to end the evening.

The Conceiving Dreams – A Celebration of Adoption event welcomes children who enjoy dressing up and would like to sit with the adults and participate in the trivia fun!

Proceeds from Conceiving Dreams lead to financial security that enables AO to continue to provide ongoing services to Birthparents, Adoptees and Adoptive Parents. A portion of the proceeds are designated to public awareness and adoption education.

For more information about the event, please email

 The 2016 Conceiving Dreams was Sponsored by:

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