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A grant from the Resilient Communities Fund of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has enabled the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) to begin to recover from the impact of COVID-19 by expanding our programs to education and our fundraising strategies.

TORONTO, May 2, 2022 /CNW/ – The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is a non-profit organization that supports, educates, and provides a sense of community and connection for all on the path to lifelong adoption.

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“COVID-19 has impacted organizations and communities around the world, including ACO and people living on adoption and permanency journeys,” said Diane Mathes, Executive Director of the COA. “COA had to move almost overnight to a virtual learning environment at the start of the pandemic. Thanks to the OTF grant, we were able to acquire a learning management system (LMS) allowing us to expand our educational offerings and reach the entire province of Ontario. Thanks to the grant, we have also been able to develop new fundraising strategies that will help the COA navigate a more virtual world and build and deepen our community.”

The COA Learning Management System

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the COA has increased its educational offerings for all members of the adoption and permanency community to reach more people in the province of Ontario. The OTF grant enabled the COA to acquire a learning management system, which will serve as a hub for all members of the adoption community to interact with courses and classes throughout along their life journey. After much research, we were thrilled to partner with the much-loved Desire to Learn (D2L) on our LMS. D2L’s Brightspace enabled a creative and collaborative approach to creating courses for ACO’s LMS and our community.

The COA fundraising strategy

In addition, thanks to the OTF grant, the COA was able to work with Global Philanthropic Inc, a fundraising consultant. Global Philanthropic Inc conducted an in-depth analysis of ACO’s previous fundraising strategies and opportunities for growth. With the help of Global Philanthropic Inc and its team, the ACO has created a three-year strategy to expand its fundraising capacity.

COA Efforts for Lifelong Learning

As ACO works to implement the LMS and fundraising strategy, it continues to provide educational support to members of its community.

The ACO launched the Central Adoption Intake Service for prospective adoptive parents in April 2022. This new service is a central point of information and support to help you learn more about adoption in Ontario.

The ACO also offers the Pathways to Permanence 2 Program for adoptive families. This is a free program that provides tools and techniques for Ontario adoptive families raising children who have experienced trauma and loss.

The ACO has created new web pages for all members of our community, including birth parents, adult and youth adoptees, pre-adoptive parents, adoptive families, kinship families, customary care families and professionals. The pages include a new homepage with a directory for members of the adoption community. The improved Training and education page shares upcoming deals. the Support and Connections Page provides information and assistance to community members.

The ACO is a trauma-informed organization in Ontario which provides competent heart-based adoption support, education, training, and community for all on the path to lifelong adoption. If you are considering adopting or have been impacted by adoption, we are here for you on the adoption journey.

SOURCE Adoption Council Ontario

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