January News 2020

Date: January 14, 2020 Author: Communications Contract Staff Coordinator Categories: Adoption Newsletter

And many thanks to all of you, for your support and involvement and we look forward to working with our clients and partners in 2020.

A New Year always creates opportunities for new beginnings and creative planning. In 2020, the ACO will undertake a new Strategic Planning process to ensure we are fulfilling the needs of our community and working effectively with our partners.

We are also moving forward on some of the new visions we started in Adoption Awareness Month. Our first newsletters of this year will continue to highlight voices in adoption with a particular focus on the voices of adult adoptees.

The importance of the living experience of everyone on adoption and permanency journeys continues as our focus. We are highlighting our expanded focus in our educational webinar series called “Adoption Matters”. We are producing a new webinar on Identity & Belonging. It focuses on the experiences of adopted children and adults in forming a solid identity and finding a sense of belonging. We also have a new webinar on Grief and Loss with Judy Archer. See below for dates and registration information.

AdoptOntario continues its excellence in recruitment and matching and offers its ongoing Online Adoption Events. Learn about sibling groups in “Side by Side” and the unique issues for teens in “Kids for Keeps”. See below for dates and registration information.

Winter offers many Pathways for Permanency 2 trainings for adopted parents. Check out our website for locations and times. See below for dates and registration information.

A new Adoption Comeptency Training for professionals will begin in February. Click here to see the details on our website.

Be in touch with and part of the expanded conversation about the needs of all of us living in adoption and permanency.

Dianne Mathes Executive Director, ACO

New Video! Understanding the Lens of Adoption for Professionals

The Adoption Council of Ontario helps professionals understand the lens of adoption for children, youth, adults and families on adoption and permanency journeys. Join Dianne Mathes, Executive Director of the ACO, to hear why the lens of adoption is important for professionals to understand, and how the ACO's educational offerings can help. 

For more information on Adoption Comeptency Training for professionals go to www.adoption.on.ca/act-curriculum

For the ACT Information Booklet, click here.

For the ACT Flyer, click here.

Chinese New Year A young woman and and older man (her birth father) sitting a reading next to each other.



Saturday, January 25, Toronto

All families who have adopted children from China are welcome to attend the Open Arms Children's Foundation Chinese New Year celebration.

Date: Saturday, January 25
Time: 6:00 PM 

Location: Rosedale United Church
59 Roxborough Dr. Toronto
M4W 1X7



Part of listening to all the voices of adoption and permency journeys, is hearing from birth and original family members.

As the year goes on, we hope to hear these voices more often. Over adoption awareness month we were privilaged to feature two stories. One from a birth father whose partner made an adoption plan when she became pregnant and one from a birth mother whose teen and toddler were brought into foster care. You can read them on our blog. 

Read Travis's Story | Read Betty's Story

Pathways Winter Image Online Education


As the new year begins, we're excited to be launching our first Pathways to Permanence 2 sessions for 2020. This parenting programs focuses on parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss. If you have felt alone on this unique parenting journey or are struggling to decipher your child's behviour(s), this is the perfect program for you.

Thanks to funding from Ontario Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services, Pathways training is FREE to adoptive, kinship and customary care parents and caregivers.

Spaces are limited. Register Now!
Thunder Bay, February TBD
Peel, Feb 01 - Feb 29
Toronto, Feb 11 - Apr 11
Muskoka, Feb 22 - Apr 04 
Sioux Lookout, Mar 07 - Mar 29


We are proud to announce we are working on a new offering - Identity and Belonging with Dianne Mathes. It focuses on the experiences of adopted children and adults in forming a solid identity and finding a sense of belonging. 

You can sign up for other upcoming webinars in our Adoption Matters series below! 

Grief Trauma and Loss
Monday, January 20th

Transitional Planning
Thursday, January 23

Making Openness Work
Wednesday, January 29

New Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)  
Monday, February 3 




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. www.adoption.on.ca/share-your-story

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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