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Adoption Social Club for Teens (Ages 13-18)

This ongoing class serves as an online community for those to connect with others like them that have been impacted by adoption or want to learn more about adoption, and build friendships.
Dr. Joy: Veterinarian & Educator (BSc, MSc & DVM)
75 total reviews for this teacher
New class
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
I am a small animal veterinarian from Nova Scotia, Canada. During high school, I became pregnant and chose to have the baby and place her for adoption.  I have personally gone through the adoption process from meeting with a social worker to meeting potential families that wanted to adopt a baby/child. My adoption journey has given me experience with both closed and open adoption.  When visiting my child and her adoptive parents, I have been able to see her grow up and become a woman. She was a flower girl at my wedding and then my second daughter was a flower girl at her wedding.

I have done extensive reading on adoption and the impact that it has had on those involved - birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents - to gain insight as to the similarities and differences in struggles that each member of the adoption triad could face. I have listened to the challenges that my daughter that I placed for adoption has had growing up. I have encouraged ongoing contact between the daughter I placed for adoption and her siblings (ie. the children that I physically raised in my home) and they continue to maintain contact!

While pursuing my undergraduate studies, I volunteered at a non-profit adoption centre and have shared my story many times with those that have had an interest in adoption or that had been impacted by adoption in some manner.
Paper Something to write with - pencil/eraser or pen Something to color with (crayons, pencil crayons, markers, etc..) Print out PDFs if needed (will be provided before each class)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Please note that this is NOT a counseling session and no advice about adoption will be given.  There WON'T BE ANY tolerance for bullying or discrimination of any kind, especially with a topic that can be sensitive to some students. 

At times, the class may use, a resource that has not been pre-approved by Outschool. does not collect or store personal information for unregistered students and users. It doesn’t require students to register or log in and no personal details are required to use the service. No cookies are used to track and no tracking-based promotions or advertisements are displayed. More information can be found at:

At times, the class may use Kahoot!, a resource that has been pre-approved by Outschool. Kahoot! does not require students to create an account. It collects only a nickname, which is anonymous and not linked to a persistent identifier, from a student who merely plays a Kahoot! Game. The nickname permits the student to play the game.
More information can be found at:
Resources used to generate class content:

What is Adoption?
▶ North American Council of Adoptable Children (
▶ Adoptive Families Association of BC (
▶ Child and Youth Permanency Council of Canada (
▶ Child Welfare Information Gateway (

Different Types of Families
▶ School and Adoption: Navigating the Education System (

The Importance of Positive Adoption Language
▶ Adopt Help: Why Positive Adoption Language Matters (


Dr. Joy: Veterinarian & Educator (BSc, MSc & DVM)
Lives in Canada
Bilingual Veterinary & Science Teacher and ADHD/Executive Functions Coach with a strong foundation in Music
75 total reviews
88 completed classes

About Me

My name is Dr. Joy Prescesky, better known as Dr. Joy! I obtained my undergraduate degree with honours in biology from Acadia University, my Masters of Science degree in bacteriology from Queen’s University, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine... 
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