The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) in partnership with the Adoption Council of Ontario is excited to officially announce that the MCCSS Virtual Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) will be taking place this June! Although we are not able to meet in person this spring, we are pleased to be able to bring the MCCSS Virtual ARE to professionals and families through a live webcast experience and the Online Platform.
Day 1 - Live Webcast: June 12, 2020 5 PM - 9 PM
Day 2 - Live Webcast: June 13, 2020 10 AM - 2 PM
Online Platform: June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020
What to Expect at the MCCSS Virtual ARE
This webcast will take place over two days. It has something for everyone, regardless of where they are in the adoption process. Each day will offer an education session by an adoption expert or mental health professional. This will be followed by two hours of child and youth presentations by Children's Aid Society adoption workers. The final presentation will be an engaging discussion from a panel of adoptive parents and/or youth, with Adopt4Life and ACO families.
Adoption workers will be presenting their children and youth through a non-identifying, strengths-based narrative. Child photos and videos will not be presented during the webcast, but can be accessed through the Online Platform.
Families will be able to view children and youth before the event through the Online Platform, and can directly ask questions about child profiles on the event days. The Online Platform will be available to all families for the duration of June, where they will be able to submit an online application of interest, called an Expression of Interest Form, for any children and youth profiled.
As a participant you will be able to watch the presentations, and ask questions through a chat box. No participant webcam or audio will be enabled, and no personal information will be shared.
Registration closes on June 10th, 2020.
More details will be forthcoming once you have registered. If you have any questions about the MCCSS Virtual ARE, please contact AdoptOntario at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support you through this event and answer any questions you may have.