Kids Need Families and Families Need Support


Save the Date! FunWalk is September 15, 2019!

FunWalk is a family-focused and fun-filled day to celebrate the amazing adoptive families in Ontario.  This is a community event for all ages - something for everyone - games, crafts, music and food.  This year's event will be the BEST YET with our Carnival Theme!  

The walk includes a 1km stroll through historic Cabbagetown leading to a festival at Riverdale Park complete with prizes, food, entertainment, and of course carnival themed games to participate in.                                                  

The Day

11:00 AM Registration, games and crafts
12:30 PM Walk Begins
1:00 PM Festival 
3:00 PM Goodbye! 



What will my donations be going to?

Kids need families and families need support. Every dollar donated to the ACO goes to work on matching a permanent family for every child in foster care and ensuring families are supported throughout and after the adoption has taken place.

Why do families formed through adoption need program support? 

As we know, adoption is not an event, it is a lifelong journey. Parenting is difficult, even under ideal circumstances. Families of children through adoption need specialized support to ensure they can meet the needs of their children who have experienced trauma and loss. This support does not exist in many communities across Ontario in any predictable or sustainable way.

"Adoption is a joy - I wouldn't change my life, but it is not always easy, and the challenges we face as adoptive parents are very different than the experiences of birth families. It good to know the ACO's expertise is 'in my back pocket' against the day I need their services" - Parent through adoption & FunWalk participant.

The ACO is a leader in:

  • adoption recruitment and support:
  • youth, parent and peer support programming;
  • training of mental health professionals. 

Together we will be able to broaden our reach and impact, thus ensuring stability for thousands of vulnerable children each year in Ontario and across the country. 

What Programs does ACO have?

We have already helped nearly 1,000 children and families connect through our award-winning AdoptOntario Programs.

Permanency and Adoption Support Services
We can provide clinical support with adoption-competent, social workers

Permanency and Adoption Competency
For 27 years we have hosted educational programs on the most relevant, needs-based topics for families and professionals.