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Christmas Under One Roof Donation

4 Friends came together many years ago and decided to showcase local vendors talents from the community. Christmas Under One Roof was born and this year the group celebrated their 7th showcase which highlighted 23 vendors, with a large waiting list to attend as well.  They also showcase an spring event.  The friends get together after the show and picked a non-profit organization to receive a donation.  This year their picked the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.  An amazing donation of $700.00 will be used for Kids in Care – teenagers to help make their Christmas a little extra special.  Shown in the picture from left to right,  Bernadette Gallagher, Executive Director of the agency accepting the donation from Patti Smelser.  Thank you for being Christmas Angels!!!

Remembrance Day

In honour of our military, Kevin and Dana Francis were recognized at the Hamilton Tiger Cat game on Friday, November 3, 2017.  Congratulations and we thank them for their service!

November is Adoption Awareness Month – Lifelong Connections

Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, long-term relationships; life-long connections; a family.  There are many paths to lifelong connections, which may be different for every child.  The CAS works to find the right match between a child and family.  Adoption is one very important path to permanency; other options include:

  • Return to family, where youth in care are supported to reunite with their first family, where possible;
  • Kinship care, where children are placed with extended family or someone who is considered a close family friend;
  • Customary care, which recognizes First Nation, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) communal traditions of care;
  • Legal custody, where a parent, extended family member, community member or foster parent gains legal guardianship of a child;
  • Public adoption, where a child or youth is legally adopted into a new home.

The CAS-HN is actively looking for families interested in adoption, especially those who have the strengths and skills for children and youth who are older, have siblings, have “openness” provisions with their families of origin, and who have complex developmental and health needs.  Caregivers who are interested in providing kinship or customary care for children and youth in our community are also needed.

Adoptive parents can be individuals or couples, parents who already have children and want to add to their growing family, as well as adults whose first choice for building their family is through adoption.  We welcome and value diversity in our fostering and adoptive community, and know that families come in all different shapes and sizes.

When children and youth leaving care have a permanent family, they experience better outcomes, such as graduating high school and learning independence skills.  Hope and support is created for generations to come.  Thirteen adoptions were finalized in Haldimand and Norfolk in 2016-17.  An adoptee recently called adoption staff “heroes because they helped find my family”.

To reflect the importance of diversity and inclusiveness, “family” refers to

heterosexual couples, same-sex couples and single adults, with or without children.

For more information, please contact:  The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk, 1-888-227-5437  www.cashn.on.ca

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