“When we know ourselves to be connected to others, acting compassionately is simply a natural thing to do.” Rachel Naomi Remen
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk recognizes that family, community and social connections are invaluable to children’s safety, permanency and well-being. The more positive connections people have, the more likely they are to experience a long, healthy and happy life. Child abuse and maltreatment can interrupt a child’s ability to experience healthy connections. Our agency works with family members, community partners, Indigenous communities, foster parents, volunteers, faith communities, and local businesses to find ways to repair and strengthen the connections that children and youth have in order to find pathways toward health and happiness. Our service intervention goal is to have families, children, and young people thrive, not simply survive, after distressing life events.
Our agency is able to fulfill its mandate of protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect by having well trained and qualified staff, listening to the feedback from families who have received services, understanding the rural nature of our communities, having community members understand their role in duty to report harmful situations, and having a positive community presence.
To increase awareness of how the agency is doing in serving the community, we are posting the results/outcomes on our public website. Our agency is open about our service results and proud of the fact that the majority of children are serviced within their own or extended family. We know the action of keeping children and youth connected to family and community is closely linked with having a positive sense of self-worth.
Thank you to everyone who has created an association with our agency because together, we are building strong communities for families to raise children and for children to feel safer in.
Bernadette Gallagher, Executive Director
Renee VanKooten, Board President