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Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) Event Info

For Families

What is the Adoption Resource Exchange?

The Adoption Resource Exchange (ARE) is an adoption event that allows families to connect with waiting children and youth in care. Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) across Ontario present waiting children and youth through written profiles, pictures, and videos. CAS staff are available to speak to prospective adoptive parents in more detail about these children and answer any questions that attendees may have.


The Provincial ARE is held twice a year in the Spring and Fall, and is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. The Provincial ARE is hosted in the Greater Toronto Area. There are also regional AREs that are geographically based and held a few times a year in various areas of the province. These regional AREs operate in the same manner; however, the Provincial AREs are much larger often profiling 100-200 children and youth. In addition to the Provincial and regional AREs, AdoptOntario hosts a number of virtual AREs throughout the year to connect waiting children and families across the province.

What to Expect

The ARE can be an overwhelming experience for families who have never attended an adoption event. They are quite large in regards to attendance and provide an extensive amount of information. It is recommended that attendees bring their partner or a friend/ family member for support.


All families and prospective adoptive parents are welcome to attend. It should be noted, however, that the information provided at these events is not intended for families who have not yet started the adoption process. CAS workers presenting children at the ARE are typically only considering AdoptReady families. If you or your family would simply like more information regarding different types of adoption, or further details about the adoption process in general, please contact the Adoption Council of Ontario, or join us for one of our How To Adopt sessions.


The ARE also provides additional adoption and post-adoption information and support through The Resource Village. The Resource Village includes a panel of experts and foster/adoptive parents ready to offer their experience and information on various needs such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, representatives from various organizations will be available, including the Adoption Council of Ontario and their award-winning program, AdoptOntario, and Adopt4Life.


ARE Online Platform

For Families

What is the ARE Online Platform?

The ARE Online Platform is a feature that allows AdoptReady families to view profiles, pictures, and videos of the children and youth being presented at the ARE for one week before the event, and two weeks following the event. This helps families to prepare for the event by developing informed questions for the CAS workers in advance. Families are able to feel confident going to the event knowing that they are organized and equipped with the information they need. Additionally, the Online Platform is a great way to participate in the ARE if AdoptReady families are unable to attend on the day of. Furthermore, families have the opportunity to complete and send expressions of interest, i.e. Online Response Forms, from the comfort of their own home.

How Does the ARE Online Platform Work?

Families should be aware that the ARE Online Platform is different than the Waiting Children Listing. The Waiting Children Listing is a year-round virtual public profiling of children and youth that is specific to AdoptOntario recruitment. The ARE Online Platform usually profiles a larger number of children and is only available for a limited time. If you wish to learn more information about a child or youth that you had previously viewed on the ARE Online Platform, please speak to your adoption professional directly. Your adoption professional will use their discretion in relaying further information about the child that was profiled at the ARE.