Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #6

"There are no more international adoptions."

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Save the Date! FunWalk is September 15, 2019!

FunWalk is a crucial fundraising event for ACO that brings communities together with the vision that every child in foster care is adopted into a forever home. This year’s 10th annual FunWalk promises to be our best yet with the “Carnival” as our theme for 2019.

The walk includes a 1km stroll through historic Cabbagetown leading to a festival at Riverdale Park complete with prizes, food, entertainment, and of course wizard and witch 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! 

 

Location 


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?

AdoptOntario
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.


Why FunWalk 

There are currently 4500 children without permanent families in the foster care system. 

Although many youths beat the odds, most face a very difficult future. Within two to four years of leaving foster care many youths: 

Stats

40% of young adults between 20 - 29 years old live with their parents. Most youth leaving foster care do not have this option and must navigate the world on their own. It is estimated that every year, 1000 youth age out of the care system in Ontario.

This year, make a difference in their lives. 


Can’t Attend?

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.

You can still support ACO’s FunWalk! Donate Now!