Adopt a child or youth from The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk
OACAS AND ACO LAUNCH ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH
Every child deserves a family and that is why the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) are partnering to advance “one day, every child in Ontario will have a family.”
During November, the OACAS and the ACO are promoting Adoption Awareness Month to remind Ontarians that adoption is an option for many children and youth in care.
“There are more than 9,200 Crown wards in Ontario and every one of them deserves a permanent family,” said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS. “There are a number of ways to help children and youth find a family and adoption is one very important option.”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of adoption and increase the number of children adopted. Resources and information for service providers are available to help improve families’ experience of adoption; to make the connection for children in care to families looking to adopt; and to support families after they have adopted. The campaign will feature a public service announcement, brochure and on-line resources.
Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) work with children and families and are responsible for placing children for adoption. The Adoption Council of Ontario works with CASs and adoption practitioners and other organizations, providing information and a service which helps match prospective parents to children waiting for families. “Adoption is ‘the best’ word you can hear because it means long-term and you no longer have to worry about always having to switch places,” Advises Jessica Widmer who was adopted at age 8. *
At March 31, 2009, CASs placed 865 children with adoptive families, of them:
• 628 children aged 0 to 5
• 217 children aged 6 to 12
• 16 youth aged 13 to 15
• 4 youth aged 16 to 18
Last year the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk placed 16 children and youth with adoptive families. At this time, teens and school age children are in the greatest need of adoptive homes in Haldimand and Norfolk.
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is part of a free, public adoption system in Ontario, which includes support, training and education. CASs are always looking for permanent homes for children and youth of all ages and offer many options including adoption, kinship care arrangements, legal custody and long-term foster care.
Those interested in adoption are encouraged to contact The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (227-5437) for more information about the process, orientation or information evenings. AdoptOntario is also a valued resource for information that will help match people interested in adoption with waiting children.