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 Events

ACO Online Learning Hub

We are here to provide the tools you need to be open-hearted! Our latest release is our Openness Collection

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Events Calendar

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

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Sign up for our newsletter! Find out about all the latest events and happenings at the ACO. You will also get exclusive blog content and youth pieces every month.

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Fundraise for the ACO

Get involved with the ACO by starting your own fundraiser! Whether you have a birthday on the horizon or your kids are planning a lemonade stand this summer, creating a Just Giving page is a fantastic way to support Ontario’s adoption community. Join us in making a difference—every contribution counts!

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Transformative learning for Adoptive Parents

Navigating adoption can be tough, especially if you see changes in your child’s behaviour. Learning about the “7 Core Issues” can really help. At the ACO, we offer free Pathways Sessions for families who adopted through public agencies, along with professional ACT training. Check out our upcoming virtual, hybrid, and intensive sessions to find the right support for your family.

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Our Adoption Stories Podcast

Discover the profound impact of adoption on real lives with the ACO’s ‘Our Adoption Stories’ podcast. Told first-hand by those who have lived these experiences, the first season delves into the emotional effects of keeping secrets and the pathways to finding help and support. Tune in to hear powerful, real-life stories that resonate and inspire..  Listen here.

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

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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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