September News 2020

Date: September 24, 2020 Author: Communications Contract Staff Coordinator Categories: Adoption Newsletter
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Back pack filled with books, pencils and a mask.

The fall of this year finds many families navigating the challenges and realities of heading back to school after many months at home and together. For some children and families this is a time to look forward to seeing friends and getting some much-needed breaks. For others it may be scary, uncertain and may produce anxiety. Like any aspect of COVID-19 it comes with new approaches and many unknowns as we all navigate together.

One of the ACO's partners created and generously shared a wonderful webinar which is full of tips and strategies for families and has a wonderful social story for children as they return to school and the differences and adjustments that brings. It is now available on demand.

During COVID all of our webinars continue to be free.

Our guest writer this month speaks so clearly about the truth and challenges of living in uncertainty. A reality for all children, teens and adults living in adoption and permanency journeys. As we live with the uncertainty that COVID-19 continues to bring to our lives, let’s hold each other with gentleness and compassion, knowing we are striving to do the best and be the best we can be. Holding and seeing our children through this lens is their best hope for developing strength and resiliency.

The fall is also the time for the ACO's Annual General Meeting. It is being held virtually on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 7pm – 8:30pm. You are invited to join us as we celebrate the successes and challenges of this past year. While we cannot socialize in the same way, you can meet the staff and the Board and hear about our directions and plans for the upcoming year. We would love to see you.

As we enter into this next phase of life within COVID-19 I would like to thank everyone who supports the ACO and the work we do to provide information, education, training and services to those who are living in adoption and permanency and their families.

As I complete my first year as Executive Director at the ACO, I want to share my awe at the work that the staff and volunteers at the ACO do. Their hearts and their passion combine with skill and knowledge. I am grateful to each one of them every day. I am excited about the new messages and directions we are planning for this year ….

As always Warmest Regards,

Dianne Mathes, Executive Director, Adoption Council of Ontario


The back to school transition this year is like no other. To help support families we have some resources ...

Back to School Webinar

ACO presented a webinar created by Dr. Wendy Manel, C.Psych, Trauma-Infirmed Practice Lead, Toronto Catholic Children’s Aid Society, and Christine Baccus, Educational Consultant. The webinar is now available on demand! 


Letter to Ontario Minister of Education

Alongside the Developmental Trauma Action Alliance, we wrote to the Minister of Education with our concerns and recommendations about the transition back to school this year and the emotional well-being of students and educators.


Event! In Conversation with... the Developmental Trauma Action Alliance

A virtual conversation to further support families and help answer your questions and concerns surrounding school in times of COVID will be held on the evening of Thursday, October 1st @ 7PM. 


A young woman in a red sweater reading a book, lying on the floor surrounded by school supplies. Annual General Meeting



Never Too Late Program team Member Chloe writes about returning to school for her Masters during the pandemic.

While she knew there would be some unknowns surrounding going back to school, she had no idea that navigating a global pandemic would be one of them.

All of this uncertainty is reminiscent of her time growing up in care. 


You are cordially invited to join the Board, staff and friends of the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) as we celebrate our successes of 2019, and plan for 2020/2021.

Wednesday, September 30th,
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Virtual (Zoom)


A hand circling a date on a calendar. AdoptOntario Logo with "Kid's Korner" written over top in orange crayon.



ACO Education Days are coming in November!! Instead of just one full day, as we have done in past years, we will be providing some great virtual educational opportunities throughout November. 

What have people said about Education Day?

"I love it - it's always worth the time and effort."

"Enjoyed (the speaker's) down-to-earth, straight talk."

November is also Adoption Awareness month. Stay tuned for lots more info coming soon!!

Twelve year old Jennifer loves to do front handsprings, somersaults, and cartwheels. She enjoys relaxing by taking long walks and listening to music. Meet Jennifer.

Nick B, seventeen, is described as a loving and caring youth. Some people say his love for life is contagious! Meet Nick B.

Levi, is looking for a fishing partner to take him out on the lake and help him reel in that big fish! At fourteen years of age he is skilled at fishing. Meet Levi.


Family of four in the autumn time. Group of professionals.


The fall is also a time for parents & caregivers to go back to school! Understanding our kids and their behavior is more important than ever. We are offering our Pathways training program across the province. Virtual classes start in October; there are spots still available!  

Want to better understand why this training is important?

To learn more about the Pathways training, visit our website or watch this great video about Pathways.


We’re offering our ACT training program for professionals this fall. Join our trainer Karen Moore and learn all about the lens of adoption and permanency journeys and why this lens is so important to understand when working with those touched by these journeys. 


Want to better understand why this training is important?

Listen to our Executive Director Dianne Mathes in this short video or visit our website.



Register Today!

WANT TO SHARE YOUR STORY! Are you interested in sharing your story, or being a guest blogger for the ACO? We want to hear from you. Tell us about your experiences with adoption at.

Adoption Council of Ontario
The Adoption Council of Ontario is a not-for-profit providing outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parents, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario. We deal with public adoption, private adoption, international adoption and relative adoption. Since 1987, we have been working towards a provincial community where all children have families forever.

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