ACO's Provincial Adoption Resource Event (ARE) 2024 Information Hub

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Embracing Every Adoption Story: Navigating Challenges, Nurturing Understanding, and Honouring Relationships.


Welcome to this year’s ACO’s Provincial ARE 2024! We are thrilled to be back in person again this year at our NEW location at Centennial College (Progress Campus). For this year’s Professional Day, we are thrilled to provide a full day of enriching education and discussions.

Here is a breakdown of what adoption professionals can expect:

  • Enriching Education for all attendees. As Professional Day centres around education, we’re thrilled to bring engaging and relevant topics that adoption professionals can apply directly to the different aspects of their work. Not joining in person? All educational presentations will be recorded and posted the week following the event!
  • Networking Opportunities. We understand the value of building connections with colleagues from agencies across the province. That is why we have put an emphasis on creating a networking-friendly space throughout the day.

On behalf of the ACO, we thank you for your interest in this Provincial ARE!

This event is supported by the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO), the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS), Adopt4Life, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies, and Private Practitioners.

Event Overview

Professional Day Date and Time: Friday, April 12th, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
ARE Day Date and Time: Saturday, April 13th, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Venue: Centennial College Event Centre | 937 Progress Ave., 8th Floor, Scarborough, ON M1G 3T8

Event Notices


There are currently no event notices. If required, important event notices will be posted here and emailed to registered attendees.

Event Agenda


We have a full agenda planned for adoption professionals! To help you plan your day(s), please review the upcoming dates and event agendas below.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • ARE Online Platform Launch and Close Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024 – Tuesday, April 30th, 2024
  • Virtual Venue Launch and Close Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 – Tuesday, April 30th, 2024
  • Recorded Educational Presentations Posted and Closed (through the Virtual Venue): Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 – Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Event Agendas

Directions & Maps


This year, the Provincial ARE will be hosted at a NEW location! Join us at the Centennial College Event Centre (Progress Campus). 

Address

Centennial College Event Centre | 937 Progress Ave., 8th Floor, Toronto, ON M1G 3T8. It is located at the new School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.

Taking Transit?

Plan your TTC trip here. Plan your GO Transit trip here.

Driving?

Paid parking is available on-site ($10.50 daily max). Attendees of the Provincial ARE can park in Lot 2 or 3, or alternatively, if the parking lot is full, attendees can park at 940 Progress Avenue and walk across Progress Avenue to arrive at the Event Centre. 

Where to Stay & Eat


Professional Day

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.

Breakfast

Chef’s selection of freshly baked goods, fresh cut fruit, individual yogurt with berry compote & house-made granola + vegan and gluten-free oat and muesli bowl. Freshly brewed fair trade, organic coffee and tea.

Lunch

Choice of one of the following sandwich options (choice of sandwich was picked prior to the event through the event registration form).

  • Turkey Sandwich: Smoked Turkey Breast, Havarti, Lettuce, Tomato, Chipotle Aioli
  • Chicken Sandwich: Cajun Spiced Roasted Chicken with Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Gouda, Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Wrap (Vegan/DF): Balsamic Roasted Vegetables, Hummus, Arugula

All sandwiches will be served with a Moroccan Chickpea Salad (chickpea, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, julienne carrots, sprouts, cumin vinaigrette), whole fruit, assorted cookies and soft drinks.

ARE Day

We will be providing attendees with coffee, tea and cookies on ARE Day. Should you be interested in purchasing breakfast or lunch, there are food options nearby.

The Local Café and Restaurant

Located in the same building as the Event Centre, on the main floor, attendees can purchase food and drinks. The Café is open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Brunch is served from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in the restaurant. 

Stay

To explore nearby stay options, you can click here.

Joining from Afar?


Attendees who cannot join us in person on Friday, April 12th or Saturday, 13th, for this year’s event can still participate virtually by watching the educational recordings following the event.

Watch the Educational Recordings

All live educational presentations will be recorded and made available through the Virtual Venue (this feature is a virtual platform where attendees can access event recordings and resources) the week following the event. All registered attendees can access these recordings from Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 – Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.

For more information about how to access the Educational Recordings, please visit the ‘Virtual Venue’ tab. 

Virtual Venue


What is the Virtual Venue?

Exclusive to the Provincial ARE, the Virtual Venue is a feature that gives registered attendees access to event educational recordings, adoption-related resources and the virtual one-on-one chat feature (for families to speak to participating adoption workers).

How to Access the Virtual Venue

  1. Click here to log in to the AdoptOntario Waiting Children Photolisting
    1. Use your professional login credentials to log in
  2. Once logged in, click on My Adoption Events
  3. Search for the ACO’s Provincial ARE 2024 event in the list
  4. Take note of your PIN and the email address (both will be posted in this section on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024)
  5. Click the Join Webcast button (will be available on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024)
  6. You will be redirected to the Virtual Venue login page, where you can add your email address and PIN
  7. Click Login

How to Access the Educational Recordings

All registered attendees will have access to the educational recordings from the live event. They will be available from Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 – Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.

Once logged into the Virtual Venue (steps above), navigate to the ‘sessions’ tab. Here you will find a list of all the recorded educational presentations.

Features of the Virtual Venue

Lobby: This is the landing page for the ACO’s Provincial ARE 2024. You will be greeted with an introductory video that will provide details on navigating the event platform.

 

 

Sessions: If you are interested in watching the recordings of the educational presentations, this is the section to do so! Visit this portion of the Virtual Venue on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, to view the recordings.

 

 

Exhibit Hall: In this section, you can find a list of all participating Children’s Aid Societies (CAS). After you click on the applicable CAS, you can see all the adoption workers who are participating from that agency.

 

 

Child and Youth List: Attendees can view a list of the children/youth profiled at this event. You can view some basic information (e.g. Pseudonym, Case ID Number, Adoption Worker, etc.). To learn more about a child, youth or sibling group visit the ARE Online Platform.

 

 

Voices and Perspectives of Adoption: This section provides attendees with adoption resources. Attendees will have access to this section the whole time the Virtual Venue is live.

Virtual Venue Tech Support 

The ‘Attendee Support’ widget (bottom left hand side of screen on the Virtual Venue) can be used to access technical support for the Virtual Venue. Please keep in mind, response times are not immediate. If you require assistance sooner, please email [email protected]

Notices

  1. The Virtual Venue can only be accessed using a laptop or desktop. It is not accessible to tablets or mobile devices.
  2. We recommend using Google Chrome to access the Virtual Venue. However, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are also supported. Internet Explorer will not be supported.

Education & Resources 


This Year’s Theme

Embracing Every Adoption Story: Navigating Challenges, Nurturing Understanding, and Honouring Relationships.

Presentations & More at Professional Day

Supporting Parents: Understanding the Impact of Blocked Care

Betty Brouwer, Attachment Psychotherapist and Artistic Director at Shalem Mental Health Network

Betty will present to prospective adoptive parents, offering her expertise on forging a deep bond with a child or youth from the outset of their relationship. She will illuminate the impact that a nurturing and understanding relationship can have as the best intervention in a child’s healing process from past trauma. This presentation promises to equip adoptive parents with some insights and tools necessary to build a foundation of trust and love.

 

Aggression Towards Family/Caregivers in Childhood & Adolescence (AFCCA)

Maude Champagne, AFCCA Clinical Lead, Adopt4Life

Join us as Adopt4Life presents an overview of the AFCCA resource. This session offers adoption professionals a chance to delve into what AFCCA is, gaining valuable insights and learning how this resource can support families.

 

 

 

What’s New at the ACO 

Dawn Tracz & Erin Barlow, ACO

Catch up with the ACO as we share the latest updates and developments within our organization. We’re thrilled to share some exciting projects that are currently underway. Join us to stay informed and learn more about What is New at the ACO!

 

 

 

Networking

How it will work: We’re excited to prioritize networking opportunities at this event. This year, we’re introducing a speed networking session, designed to facilitate meaningful connections among attendees. Our aim is to ensure that everyone in the room has the chance to engage with one another, cultivating learning and collaboration.

Presentations at ARE Day

An Invitation to Reciprocity: Building Relationships One PACE at a Time

Betty Brouwer, Attachment Psychotherapist and Artistic Director at Shalem Mental Health Network

Betty will present to prospective adoptive parents, offering her expertise on forging a deep bond with a child or youth from the outset of their relationship. She will illuminate the impact that a nurturing and understanding relationship can have as the best intervention in a child’s healing process from past trauma. This presentation promises to equip adoptive parents with some insights and tools necessary to build a foundation of trust and love.

 

Panel Presentation 

Topic: Attachment and Attunement

Panelists: Experienced Adoptive Parents

Join us for an insightful journey with four adoptive parents as they explore the vital topic of attachment and attunement in adoption. Benefit from their experience and receive practical guidance to enrich your journey. This panel discussion offers invaluable insights and meaningful conversations about attachment, attunement and adoption.

 

 

Join Us at the Resource Village 

The Resource Village is a hub where attendees can make meaningful connections with adoption experts, diverse adoption-related organizations, and experienced adoptive parents. It’s a place to build valuable relationships and deepen your knowledge and understanding of adoption. On Saturday, April 13th, in-person attendees can access the Resource Village! The Resource Village representatives will be available between 12:30 – 3:00 PM to speak to attendees.

Connect with one or all of the representatives below!

The AdoptOntario Program

The Centralized Adoption Intake Service (CAIS)

The Permanency & Adoption Competency Training Program (PACT)

Adopt4Life

Sherbourne Health Center

Experienced Adoptive Parents

Need Assistance?

If you have any questions about the upcoming Provincial ARE, please connect with us at [email protected]!