The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) Canada’s voice for adoption, unifying communities’ commitment to permanency for waiting children and youth. We support and encourage people along their adoption journey, connecting them to the families and resources they need. The Adoption Council of Canada is the only national non-profit organization in Canada serving all parties in the adoption “constellation” – adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families. We are also at the forefront of the youth permanency movement in Canada.
This year we are participating in #GivingTuesday to help prevent the 30,000 children and youth waiting for forever families from aging out of foster and group care without a lifelong connection to at least one safe, loving and supportive adult.
Help us ensure the success of our initiatives to support all children and youth in and from government care, and support adoptive families across Canada.
As Canada’s only national organization raising awareness about adoption, legal guardianship, kinship care and customary care, we have developed and implemented several successful national initiatives aimed at supporting children in or from foster and group care, and adoptive families.
Canada’s Waiting Children – Canada’s Waiting Children is the only national photolisting service profiling waiting children and youth across Canada. Overall, CWC has had an 85% success rate in helping to match children and youth in care with permanent adoptive families in our provinces and territories.
Heart Gallery of Canada – Heart Galleries are travelling photographic exhibits featuring portraits of waiting children and youth. Heart Galleries raise awareness about the number of children and youth who need forever families, and attract potential adoptive families. There are currently three Heart Galleries in Canada - in Ottawa, ON, in Guelph, ON, and in Edmonton, AB.
Youth Speak Out Program (YSO) – The Youth Speak Out Program is a national network of youth in and from foster and group care who use their voices, their art and their stories to advocate for permanent families for children and youth. We have Youth Speak Out teams from coast to coast. Our teams speak to potential adoptive parents, social workers, judges, lawyers, politicians, policymakers, and all those interested in making permanency a priority for children and youth in foster care.
SDPP-D Best Practices Training – The Adoption Council of Canada has now trained more than 150 child welfare practitioners across Canada on Best Practices to find permanency for vulnerable children and youth with disabilities. Our Urgency Around Permanency: Best Practices Guidebook supports workers and practitioners in their efforts to find permanency for Canada’s waiting children and youth.
Post- Adoption Support –The ACC supports adoptive families by providing leadership training and a Post-Adoption Toolkit to help people start peer-led adoption support groups. In addition, we have successfully advocated and paved the way for the Adoption Expense Tax Credit.
How Can You Help?
On December 1, 2015 you can help us find permanent families for all children and youth in foster and group care. Because of your support, we can make sure fewer youth age out of care without families!
1. Donate your Aeroplan miles to us. Even a small number of miles will help us continue to deliver training for youth at our Youth Speak Out events across Canada, and will help us carry out our mission. Because of your support, the voices, art and stories of those in foster care and group homes are heard! Visit Beyond Mile to donate today!
2. Donate $10 (or more) to the Adoption Council of Canada to support our efforts to find families for children and youth in care, especially those with disabilities.
3. Use the hashtag #FamilyLooksLike to show us how uniquely beautiful your family is and what family means to you this Giving Tuesday.
5. Share the Adoption Council of Canada’s Facebook page, Twitter page, website, and posts to help raise awareness about the 30,000 children and youth across Canada waiting for a home today!
Thank you for all your support and for choosing us as your charity of choice on Giving Tuesday, 2015!