Adoption Council of 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.

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