Parenthood Through Surrogacy (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for an informal information session for prospective parents led by experienced legal and mental health experts specializing in the field of fertility. During the session, we will discuss some of the following issues:

  • Legal steps involved in growing a family through surrogacy
  • Legal landscape for surrogacy in Canada (i.e. the laws pertaining to legal parentage of the child and reimbursement of the surrogate’s expenses)
  • Pitfalls and trouble spots to keep in mind when considering surrogacy
  • Emotional and social considerations of intended parent(s) embarking on surrogacy for family-building
  • Factors that gestational surrogates need to consider when deciding on a match with intended parent(s)

Facilitators: Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. and Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych.

Michelle Flowerday, LL.B. is a fertility lawyer in Toronto. Michelle works with couples facing infertility, for LGBTQ people/couples wanting to start a family, for single people looking to grow a family alone, and for surrogate mothers and egg, sperm and embryo donors assisting in the process. Michelle’s expertise includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to surrogacy, co-parenting, egg, sperm and embryo donations, making court applications for declarations of parentage, and other legal issues related to third party reproduction. Michelle works with clients in the greater Toronto area, across Canada and internationally. She speaks at conferences on the topic of fertility and surrogacy law and has provided legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on contract laws and compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations.

Dr. Lila Z. Hakim, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist and Psychotherapist and conducts psychological assessments and treatment with individual adults, couples and families. She is a Director at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada) where she practices and supervises psychologists and graduate students in the provision of psychological services. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Counselling Special Interest Group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and remains active in professional activities and committees with CFAS. She consults regularly to fertility clinics and adoption agencies throughout Canada and internationally. Dr. Hakim is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Positive Parenting (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Davis Building – UTM Room (formerly the Faculty Club), 3rd floor

This practical and informative presentation helps parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children develop skills of social development and well-being. Participants will also learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour.

During this 1hour wellness session participants will:

  • Discuss how to develop a strong foundation of parenting
  • Use this foundation as a springboard to parenting practices that help your child develop skills of social development and well-being
  • Learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour

Facilitator: Homewood Health

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us for this discussion on parenting concerns for children with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Management of the disability at home and at school
  • Discussing with your child about their learning disability
  • Advocating and finding supports for your child
  • Question and answer period

Speaker: Pearl Levey, Ph.D., Disability Advisor, U of T Accessibility Services.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Preparing Healthy Lunches and Snacks (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: UTSC, Arts and Administration Building, AA160 (Council Chambers)

Preparing healthy school lunches and snacks for your child can be easy if you have a few ideas up your sleeve. Join us to:

  • Find out how to maximize nutrients in your child’s lunches and snacks.
  • Discover ways to increase the chances of your child eating what you packed.
  • Learn how to become more efficient with your lunch/snack packing and spend less time in the kitchen!
  • Explore different lunch/snack container options and find out which will work best for your child.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen is a kids’ nutritionist and mother of two school aged boys, specializing in helping parents address picky eating and other feeding challenges. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, a network of over 19,000 moms across the GTA with an interest in living a healthy lifestyle.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

Parenting to Protect Your Children Post Separation and Divorce (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: A webinar link will be emailed to you shortly before the event.

This introductory webinar will explore how parents can effectively buffer their children from conflict during the separation and divorce process. The webinar will then be followed with a question and discussion period.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate Professor, holds the endowed Chair in Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He conducts custody evaluations, he is a parent coach for separated families and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff (including post-docs), faculty, and their partners are welcome.

PA Day Skate

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Varsity Arena

On October 11, make the most of the kids’ day off by lacing up some skates and hitting the ice for an afternoon of free family fun!

Free skate rentals while supplies last, and no registration required! More details on the KPE website.

Preparing Healthy School Lunches and Snacks

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 WAITLIST
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

Preparing healthy school lunches and snacks for your child can be easy if you have a few ideas up your sleeve. Join us to:

  • Find out how to maximize nutrients in your child’s lunches and snacks.
  • Discover ways to increase the chances of your child eating what you packed.
  • Learn how to become more efficient with your lunch/snack packing and spend less time in the kitchen!
  • Explore different lunch/snack container options and find out which will work best for your child.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen is a kids’ nutritionist and mother of two school aged boys, specializing in helping parents address picky eating and other feeding challenges. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, a network of over 19,000 moms across the GTA with an interest in living a healthy lifestyle.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so that we can accommodate your needs.

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: HR Conference Room BV540, U of T Scarborough

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Parents of Multiples Meet-Up

Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Calling all parents of multiples! Here at U of T, there are many parents of multiples. Get together with people who really understand how crazy things can get and how amazing (and unique) parenting twins, triplets, quads, quints… is.

This is a one-time, non-facilitated, agenda-free, expectation-free, diaper-free, peer meet-up – open to any U of T parents of multiples.

Expectant parents of multiples are also welcome.

Register

Parenting Without Anger

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 FULL
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

All parents get angry, but if you feel that anger is having a negative impact on your family, this workshop is for you. You will learn:

  • How to recognize and cope with anger triggers
  • Positive and negative aspects of anger
  • Why you get angry
  • Impact of anger on your children
  • How to change the cycle of anger through the learning and development of essential parenting skills.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis, Registered Psychotherapist specializing in parenting and family issues, co-author of three books for parents and teachers, a Certified Montessori Director, Parent Talk.