For Family Day, we encouraged our community to share what the word FAMILY means to them. The messages we received during this campaign inspired us to shout loudly on February 20th when we joined Jean Desgagné, President and CEO of Global Solutions, Insights & Analytics Strategies at the TMX Group to open the market.
As a non-profit charitable organization formed by representatives of the adoption community we are committed to creating an Ontario where all children have a family forever. ACO has been doing this work for 30 years and while we are proud of our accomplishments to date, we know we need to do more and do better.
All of our work requires investment of time and money from a large and growing group of supporters. A huge team of volunteers, partners and funders work together daily to accomplish our vision - to educate the community about adoption; connect families and children; support them on their lifelong journey; and advocate for all those touched by adoption.
No person in and from care should have to accept that their relationships come with expiry dates. - Chloe Hockley, Youth Leader
Building on our theme – Invest in Building Families – we returned to the TMX on February 22nd, joined by over 100 friends who came to help us raise funds to directly support our programs. Glen Murray, former MPP and current Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, joined youth leaders Ashley Ash and Chloe Hockley in sharing their personal story of lived experience with adoption and foster care. They encouraged ACO to keep moving forward in partnership with child welfare, government and community groups to build lifetime family connections for every child and young person in our province – a relationship that does not have an expiry date.
Funds raised at this event will help us build the education programs to prepare parents for the journey toward adoption so they can provide the lasting permanency and support for a young person who cannot live with the family they were born to. These programs will ensure that families can be the safe and stable support for healing over a lifetime.
Have a look at some of the photos from our fundraiser!
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