Get Involved

Why Get Involved?

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.

Consider sharing your talents by donating, becoming a volunteer, becoming a member or joining our board of directors.


The ACO relies on donations to fund nearly 50% of our programs.  We do receive funding from the MCCSS for our AdoptOntario program, a portion of our Pathways 2 Permanency Training and Centralized Adoption Intake Services.  We need donations to fund crucial support to our community such as; child and youth hang-out sessions and Pathways 2 Permanence training for foster parents or relatives who are caring for a child but have not adopted.   In our 2022 needs assessment survey (Banks, 2022) we learned from our community that Pathways 2 Permanency is a crucial helped them navigate the lifelong permanency journey. Your donation will help us provide this training support to foster and kin families.

Donate Today

pie chart of the ACO programs funding

Fundraise with the ACO

The ACO is now making it easier for our community members to get involved with fundraising! We have launched a Just Giving page for the ACO where you can create your own fundraiser where those dollars will go to support the ACO. If you are having a birthday, a community barbecue, or running a lemonade stand you can create a page for your event that will directly support Ontario’s adoption community. 

Fundraise with us Today!


If you have a heart that is bigger than your bank account, the ACO can benefit from your passion and commitment.  We hold several events throughout the year related to recruitment, public education, advocacy and fundraising.  

Volunteer with the ACO today!

Become a member

Members play an integral role in the governance of the Adoption Council of Ontario. Members help the ACO run smoothly as a community-based, non-profit organization.  Members are asked to participate in the following ways:  

  • Attend and participate in annual and other meetings of members; 
  • Receive and review the annual financial statements; 
  • Vote on matters put forward for approval, including the election of directors; 
  • Hear about any other business, including reports on ACO’s program progress; 
  • Approve the by-laws and any amendments; and 
  • Approve significant changes to the purposes of ACO. 

Become a Voting Member Today

The Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors and general membership represent all aspects of adoption: birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals from Ontario. Our adoption resource centre is supported through memberships, donations and program fees.

Meet our Board of Directors.

ACO Bylaws.

Annual General Meeting: More Info Coming Soon!

Are you passionate about adoption/permanency? Consider joining the board today!