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Adoption Awareness Month

November is Adoption Awareness Month

Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, lifelong connections. The primary goal of Children's Aid Societies is to support children to live safely with their family of origin. When that is not possible, Children's Aid Societies look for an alternate family, preferably known to the child, who can provide a safe, nurturing, and loving environment in which the child can grow and flourish.

Adoption is one of a number of options Children's Aid Societies consider when looking for life-long connections for children in care. Permanency options are based on the recognition that there are many paths to achieving long-lasting relationships, and that each pathway needs to be shaped to best meet the needs of the child.

Children deserve a family that is a good fit for them. Finding the right adoption match for children who have come through Children's Aid Society requires finding adoptive parents for children who may have complex needs because of experiences that brought them into care, mental health, and medical issues. We are also looking for adoptive parents for siblings, as well as "openness" adoption arrangements with family of origin.

To learn more about adoption and the process, look at the adoption section of our website. If you're thinking about adoption, call 905-895-2318 and get your questions answered by one of our Adoption workers.
Learn more about how the public adoption system in Ontario works.

Nancy French appointed CEO of York Region Children's Aid Society

Nancy French

A message on behalf of the Board of Directors of York Region Children's Aid Society:

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy French as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of York Region Children's Aid Society. Nancy has been with the agency since 1985, served in a senior management role since 1999, acted as Chief Operating Officer since 2015, and most recently as the Interim CEO since February 2017.

"Nancy has the full confidence of the Board as she has led the agency through times of transition and brings continuity in vision to the agency," says Barb Gray, Chair of the Board. "Nancy provides an essential mix of leadership, operational experience, and clinical expertise. Her extensive experience within the child welfare sector, and relationships with local and provincial stakeholders, are vital assets to our organization."

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Foster Family Appreciation Week

We want to recognize and thank our 115 devoted foster families for the safe and nurturing homes they provide for children and youth! The time and dedication foster families commit to nurturing and raising children has a lifelong impact on their development and well-being.

Hear about the experience of one of our foster families

Thinking about fostering?
We are always looking for people who want to become foster parents to ensure a large, diverse pool of families is available to best match children to, including varied cultural and faith backgrounds, single-parent homes, and same sex couples. To learn more about how you can foster a child, please visit

Kinship Service Appreciation Week: September 24-30

Huge thanks to our 55 kinship service families for the vital role they play in the lives of the children and youth they care for! We are proud to recognize our agency’s first annual Kinship Service Appreciation Week to acknowledge these compassionate and dedicated caregivers and to raise awareness about kinship service.

Read more about Kinship Services and Family Finding

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