Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #5

"Older children can't be or don't want to be adopted."

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Never Too Late For Family (NTL)

It is unacceptable that after 18 years of age, foster youth no longer have the chance to find a forever family. This program aims to change that.


...No person in and from care should have to accept that their relationships come with expiry dates". - Chloe, aged 22

Heart with words community, food, give, work, love, giving

 


A young person who ages out of care does so without the one thing they were promised when they entered foster care - a permanent parent to support them and guide them through life. 

ACO is committed to creating and piloting a program that is youth-centered and exists in collaboration with community-based programs that work with at-risk youth populations. 

This program will include

  • Recruitment and education/preparation of families
  • Support of youth in engaging with a family
  • Programs to support families on the lifelong journey of belonging
  • Collaborating/advising staff working with these youth in other service organizations on how to identify connections and prepare youth for transitioning into family

Read October 2020 News


#14Stories 

#14Stories is a podcast series featuring stories from young people about their experiences during the pandemic. We’re releasing a clip a day until May 14th, Children and Youth in Care Day, when we will release our feature-length episode. ⁠ 


We have a very clear mandate for this project - giving back to youth who have aged out of care the opportunity to have a family. 

Never Too Late Booklet
[Download Never Too Late Booklet]

Can someone over the age of 18 be formally adopted in Ontario?

Yes! Click here to download our Adopting Foster Youth Aged 18+ brochure for more information


NTL IN THE NEWS

Check out this article from Todays Parent that highlights the program and features one of our NTL team members.

Life after foster care in Canada
Kids who grow up in the system are not expected to do well. That’s a big part of why they don’t.

We were featured in Macleans! Click here to read the story


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