The Adoption Council of Ontario appoints Patricia Convery as Executive Director

    TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is pleased
to announce the appointment of Patricia Convery as Executive Director,
effective February 4, 2008. Patricia is replacing the outgoing Patricia
Fenton, who was instrumental in establishing the ACO for the past 20 years and
who led the organization until last summer.
    "Pat will bring to the ACO a strong knowledge of the challenges and
opportunities we face in the adoption world," said Valerie Petroff, ACO
co-chair. "We believe she is the very person to leverage the ACO's recent
successes and help to move us forward in the most effective and meaningful
    With over 30 years of experience in the areas of adoption, assessment and
mediation, Convery brings to the ACO a wealth of experience both directly and
indirectly related to adoption. She spent many years with the Children's Aid
Society, working in adoption program development and coordination, and was
also an adoption social worker. In her private practice as an adoption
practitioner, Convery has worked within all facets of the adoption community,
with the goal of assisting families seeking to adopt in Ontario and abroad.
Convery also spent a number of years in the Office of the Children's Lawyer,
Ministry of the Attorney General, as a clinical investigator, providing
services such as custody and access assessments for the family court, as well
as clinical assistance to children's lawyers in their representation of
children in custody and access matters.
    "Pat's professionalism and commitment have earned her a strong reputation
within the adoption community," said Mary Allan, ACO co-chair. "We are
confident her passion and dedication will serve her well in this new role."

    About The Adoption Council of Ontario

    Founded in 1987, The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO)'s mission is to
educate, support and advocate on behalf of those touched by adoption in
Ontario. ACO is a registered charity whose primary aims are to provide
information and education to the general public on all aspects of adoption; to
facilitate cooperation and coordination between and among adoption groups and
organizations; to advocate for, and foster the development of, needed
community services related to adoption; and to advocate on behalf of children
in need of permanent families.

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Petroff at (416) 482-0021,

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