This April, we are celebrating Volunteer Week from April 7-13! Everyone at ACO would like to extend a big thank you to our group of volunteers from colleges and the adoption community for helping lift our communities. Below are three volunteer testimonials, highlighting their experience volunteering for ACO.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
April 7-13 is Volunteer Appreciation Week - ACO benefits from 1,000s of hours of volunteer support every year and we simply could not exist without the commitment, dedication and donation of heart and soul of our many volunteers. Social Work students, Adoption and Mental Health professionals, parents, and youth are among some of the many groups of people who help us to deliver the programs we do. Please join us in thanking these amazing people who are so much a part of our ACO team.
We asked them WHY? Here are some quotes...
ACO EDUCATION DAY
Join us on Saturday, April 27th for ACO Education Day - a full day of learning and connection for all members of the Adoption Community - pre-adoptive, adoptive, kinship families and adoption/children's mental health professionals.
Lunch and snacks provided. View our full agenda and workshops topics here.
Thank you to all our generous donors! This past quarter has been especially exciting. We have benefited from and participated in a number of fundraising events that have reminded us of the passion and generosity of our community and have encouraged us to keep moving forward with building the VILLAGE of SUPPORT in programs and resources for all members of our community.
The 2nd Board Fundraiser at the TMX was a successful evening—We were delighted to raise some critical funding for our core programs.
Our corporate event with KPMG staff was a fun day of blanket making. We made 55 fleece throws for our Welcome Home Program totes.
Jockey Canada continues to support ACO's Welcome Home Program with helpful books for parents and some endearing items for adopted children.
200 students from Madinatul Uloom School had a fundraising drive for the ACO, and spent the morning making blankets for our Welcome Home Program.
Here are two sibling groups that AdoptOntario is actively seeking families for.
MEET BEN AND DAN
Ben and Dan are seeking a loving, forever family who has Indigenous heritage to help them explore their culture and Indigenous identity as they grow and develop.
Ben is the shyer, more reserved sibling. Ben thrives on praise and encouragement from adults.
Dan likes to be the center of attention! Dan is super affectionate and loves to tell jokes.
Marcus is the youngest of his siblings and has fun playing with his older brothers. He is always trying to keep up and mimic everything they do. He is an active and spunky child with a loud and clear voice that he uses to sing and dance. He enjoys playing outdoors and is up for any adventure.
Carter is happiest when he is outside playing. His favourite things to do are riding his bike, swimming, and helping with yard work or chores around the home. Any sport with a ball and Carter will be the first to join in and play. He also has a creative side. He can come up with interesting story lines to discuss, and uses his imagination to captivate you.
James the eldest of the brothers and is a very busy boy who enjoys being active, playing sports, and swimming. He is competitive and has a strong drive to do well. James also enjoys taking pride in his appearance and likes to be stylish - wearing nice clothes and having his hair cut short and well groomed.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Childhood Trauma Lauren Ireland, MA, BCBA, discusses the causes/contributors, symptoms and life-long impacts of two brain-based, physical disabilities.
Journey into the Unknown Journey into the Unknown: Parent Centred/Child Focused Adoption with Elaine Ash, MSW, RSW, mental health therapist, and her adult daughter, Ashley, who was placed with Elaine six years prior.
MCCSS ARE We Ready Webinar The ARE We Ready? webinar will help guide you through all things ARE so that families are better prepared before, during and after the event.
Pathways to Permanence - Spring Series Pathways will be offered in 7 Ontario cities: Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Huron-Perth (Mitchell), Sudbury, York Region (Richmond Hill) and Toronto.
ACO Education Day - Toronto The theme is Identity & Belonging: Supporting the Lifelong Journey of Adoption and Adoptive Families. The keynote speaker is Dianne Mathes. A choice of workshops will be offered.
MCCSS Adoption Resource Exchange The conference helps locate and match adoptive families with Ontario children needing adoption and is hosted in the Spring and Fall each year by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Making Openness Work The course will give an overview of Openness in Adoption from the perspective of benefits and challenges for all members of the family – birth family members, adopted children and adoptive parents.
Trauma Workshop for Educators - Ottawa Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Wellbeing workshop. Registration is open - see event listing:Ottawa |London
Trauma Workshop for Educators - London Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Wellbeing workshop. Registration is open - see event listing:Ottawa |London
Search, Reunion and Social Media - Special Presentation A panel, including representatives from the Adoption Disclosure Register, Ancestry DNA, a recent reunion and a Private Investigator will present information about current methods for conducting a search, issues to consider at each stage of the process and the legislation.
Want to share your story? Are you interested in sharing your story, or being a guest blogger for the ACO? We want to hear from you. Tell us about your experiences with adoption at https://www.adoption.on.ca/share-your-story
Adoption Council of Ontario The Adoption Council of Ontario is a not-for-profit providing outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parents, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario. We deal with public adoption, private adoption, international adoption and relative adoption. Since 1987, we have been working towards a provincial community where all children have families forever.
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The Adoption Council of Ontario is a not-for-profit providing outreach, support and education to all adoptees, adoptive parents, potential adoptive parents, birth families, and adoption professionals in Ontario. We deal with public adoption, private adoption, international adoption and relative adoption. Since 1987, we have been working towards a provincial community where all children have families forever.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the government of Ontario.