We know that being in a family has the greatest impact on a child’s health, well-being and potential for success. Permanency provides a LIFETIME of benefits for children who are not living with their family of origin. Learn more about the Family Effect in the video below.
It seems to me that we need to do everything we can to make sure that they don’t have to keep struggling because of the bad things that happened to them through no fault of their own. I know that what makes the difference is a family that doesn’t have an expiry date. - Pat Convery, Executive Director, Adoption Council of Ontario
Adoptive parents have to go through intense scrutiny, assessment and education even before they start to navigate the system to connect with the child that is right for their family. They have to learn a lot to be the family for a hurt child.
Children also have to go through a lot to be a child who needs an adoptive family – loss, separation, abuse, neglect and often several years of waiting to connect while moving constantly through our foster care system.
It would be nice to believe that once a child or youth finds a family ‘to grow up and grow old in’ that the hard work is done—but unfortunately that is not the case.
Parenting is difficult, even under ideal circumstances but when it involves parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss in their young lives, families need support to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of their children. These supports do not exist in many Ontario communities in any predictable or sustainable way.
This is where the ACO comes in. To help children and youth find forever families. To ensure supports are in place for all so the journey is indeed a lifelong one.
The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is a registered charitable organization. Our many programs, services and events that support families are open to all. ACO has assisted upwards of 100,000 individuals, families and community members since its founding in 1987.
Download Everything Changes with a Forever Family to learn more.