With heart, expertise and the wisdom of lived experience, ACO provides a continuum of services that includes; information about adoption, specialized services in recruitment and matching for children, youth, older youth and families, as well as post-adoption training and support for professionals.

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Featured Event

ACO’s Provincial Adoption Resource Event (ARE)

Mark Your Calendars! ACO’s Provincial Adoption Resource Event (ARE) 2024 is set for Saturday, April 13th, at Centennial College Event Centre. See you there!

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ACO Online Learning Hub

We’re here to meet your lifelong learning needs. Our latest release is our Openness Collection  https://adoption.on.ca/openness-2024/.

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Fundraise for the ACO

You can now get involved with fundraising for the ACO! Do you have a birthday coming up? Or are your kids maybe going to open a lemonade stand this summer? Create your own Just Giving page and support Ontario’s adoption community! 

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Free Training for Adoptive Parents

Sessions are open for Pathways, our training for adoptive parents and ACT, our training for Professionals! Learn more about our virtual, hybrid, and intensive offerings starting mid April.

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Our Adoption Stories Podcast

The ACO’s ‘Our Adoption Stories’ podcast tells real stories about how adoption affects people’s lives. These stories are told by the people who have lived these experiences. In the first season, the podcast talks about how keeping secrets can impact emotions and how to find help and support.  Listen here.

Events Calendar

The ACO offers multi-day trainings, webinars, and presentations. Learn more and register today!

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Our Community

I am an  adopted person

I am an adopted person

I am a youth/adult who grew up with child welfare involvement

I am a youth/adult who grew up with child welfare involvement

I am a first/original parent

I am a first/original parent

I am considering adoption to grow my family

I am considering adoption to grow my family

I’m an adoptive, kinship or customary care parent, or caregiver

I’m an adoptive, kinship or customary care parent, or caregiver

I'm a professional

I'm a professional

To support the heart-work of the ACO, we need you.

Your support comes in all shapes and forms. It could be monetary, resources, connections, skills or time. It can be sharing the ACO message to expand understanding and increase community support. The ACO needs you.

Programs

Centralized Adoption Intake Service

The Centralized Adoption Intake Services team gives information to people who want to learn about public adoption. They help prepare future adoptive families by providing them with the information they need. This helps these families decide if public adoption is the right choice for them.

 

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AdoptOntario

AdoptOntario maintains a comprehensive databank of prospective parents and children needing permanent homes, and expert clinical coordinators to guide both adoption professionals and potential adoptive families. By integrating personalized support with innovative technology, we provide options to create lasting connections and stability for children and youth in Extended Society Care.

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Training & Education

The education and training team provides specialized training and education for all those touched by adoption and permanency journeys and the professionals who support them.

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Support & Connections

When we connect with one another as adoption and permanency galaxy members and have the opportunity for support, we gain a deeper understanding of the complexities underlying our journeys. 

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