Adoption Resource Exchange Conference

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the in-person Spring 2020 Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) Conference will be cancelled. Instead, the ARE will be delivered as a virtual adoption event and will bring the features of a face-to-face ARE conference to families through a live webcast experience and an Online Platform in June 2020. Through the Online Platform, families will have access to view the profiles of the children and youth available for public adoption.

Virtual Adoption Resource Exchange Conference Information and Dates

This live webcast will take place over two days. Each day will offer an education session led by an adoption expert or mental health professional. This will be followed by two hours of child and youth presentations by Children's Aid Society adoption workers. The final presentation will be an engaging discussion from a panel of adoptive parents and/or youth with Adopt4Life and Adoption Council of Ontario families.

Adoption workers will be presenting children and youth through a non-identifying, strengths-based narrative. Child photos and videos will not be presented during the webcast, but can be accessed through the Online Platform. Families will be able to view children and youth before the event through the Online Platform and can ask questions about child profiles during the event through a chat box.

The Online Platform will be available to all families for the full month of June, where they will be able to submit an online application of interest, called an Expression of Interest Form, for any profiled children and youth.

What is the AdoptOntario Online Platform?

The AdoptOntario Online Platform provides families with the opportunity to view the profiles of the children and youth available for adoption. To access the Online Platform, you must register online for the virtual Adoption Resource Exchange Conference. Registration information is listed below.

On Saturday May 30, 2020, participants will receive an email to access the Online Platform, which will launch on June 1, 2020.

If you require further information about registration or the AdoptOntario Online Platform, please contact AdoptOntario at

How to register for the Online Platform

Attendees are encouraged to register here.

Benefits to registering for the Online Platform:

Online Platform registration opens at 12:00 a.m. on February 13, 2020 and closes at 11:30 p.m. on June 10, 2020.

Need more information?

Please refer to the AdoptOntario Adoption Resource Exchange for more information.