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Help Spread Holiday Cheer

Every year, with help from our community members, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk has been able to provide extra assistance to children and families we work with during the holiday season.

This year, to best meet the needs of families, we are requesting and graciously accepting gift cards and monetary donations to purchase gift cards, which we will distribute directly to families in need to help them purchase their own gifts, groceries and/or other essentials. We hope to have all donations received by Friday, December 10 to ensure delivery to families in advance of the holidays.

The pandemic has put strain on families who may already experience isolation, and they very much appreciate our support, especially during the holiday season.

There are a number of ways you can help a local child, youth or family:

  • The simplest way to give a gift or make a gift donation is online through Canada Helps at http://www.cashn.on.ca/how-you-can-help/make-a-gift/ You can select a fund of your choice (General Fund for holiday donations) and add a message about your donation.
  • Call the Society to arrange delivery or mail to:

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk

70 Town Centre Drive, Townsend ON N0A 1S0

1-888-227-5437 or 519-587-5437, ext 235 or 298

  • If you are purchasing a gift card, you might consider a local shopping mart or grocery store in your area.

Whatever method you choose, know that your donation will go directly to support local children, youth, and families. For more information please contact Shari.Gardener@cashn.on.ca or Brenda.Hunt@cashn.on.ca

Thank you for your generosity and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season

Foster Family Appreciation Week 2021: October 18-22







  • This week we recognize #NationalFosterFamilyAppreciationWeek and celebrate the families who help us make a difference!
  • We are grateful for the invaluable contributions of foster families. During National Foster Family Appreciation Week, the board and staff at CAS-HN and the child welfare sector recognize and celebrate the important work that foster families do in their communities to support the safety and well-being of children and youth. Caring for children is our collective responsibility.
  • Foster parents provide stability and a caring home that nurtures a child or youth’s development. They work with staff as part of a team. They may provide care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly years.
  • Children in foster care come from all different cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic groups. They are infants to young adults and can be single children or sibling groups.
  • Foster parents also come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. They are single people, couples, and are people from many different religious and cultural backgrounds. Foster parents share a deep commitment to giving back to their community and helping children and families when they need it.
  • The Society provides initial orientation and ongoing training, regular visits and support, access to other therapeutic services a child may require, and daily non-taxable reimbursement for the child’s living expenses and supplementary needs. 
  • If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call the Society at

1-888-CAS-KIDS for more information. You can also visit our website at www.cashn.on.ca   Foster a Child – Foster a Future!

Dress Purple Day – October 27, 2021

Every October, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families through the provincial Dress Purple Day campaign. The campaign is more important than ever, since the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stressors for families, and in some cases has increased risk for the well-being and safety of children and youth.

This year, Dress Purple Day will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

We all have a role to play in keeping children and youth safe and ask you to speak up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being in all areas of their lives.  Not just physical safety and well-being – children and youth have the right to have their unique identity, which includes culture, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity, protected, and supported.  If you have a concern for the safety or well-being of a child or youth or know a family in need of support, please call the CAS at 1-888-CAS-KIDS.

Please join our campaign and…

  • Dress Purple on Tuesday, October 27 to show children, youth, and families that you are HERE TO HELP!
  • Post a picture on social media wearing purple on October 27 and use the hashtag #IDressPurpleBecause or #DressPurpleDay2021
  • Create a video explaining why you will wear purple and how you help children, youth and families facing challenges – and share your video on social media using the hashtag #IDressPurpleBecause or #DressPurpleDay2021
  • School and childcare staff can educate students about their right to safety and well-being and networks of support using Dress Purple Classroom resources (see link below)

For resources and to learn more about how you can support the campaign on October 27 visit www.oacas.org/dresspurpleday/ or contact Shari.Gardener@cashn.on.ca for more information.

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