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National Volunteer Week – April 18-24

National Volunteer Week is coming up, April 18-24, a time to celebrate, recognize and thank volunteers – for their inspiring acts of kindness and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.  The theme this year is “The value of one, the power of many”This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbours and strangers.  We recognize the value of caring and compassion that volunteers show, and we recognize the power of people and organizations working together.

Please visit the link below to view a short video of thanks, compiled by HN Network of Volunteer Administrators (NOVA), including Brenda!


Thank you Volunteers!

November is Adoption Awareness Month It’s About Lifelong Connections


Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, lifelong connections to flourish.

The primary goal of Children’s Aid Societies is to support children to live safely with their family of origin. When that is not possible, we look for alternate caregivers, preferably known to the family (kin) who can provide a safe and nurturing environment in which the child can grow up and flourish.

There are many paths to lifelong connections, which may be different for every child. Adoption is one of several options that the Society considers when looking for lifelong connections for children in care. Kinship service, kinship care, customary care, legal custody and transitioning to adulthood are other permanence options considered when making decisions about what is the best setting for a child or youth. Pathways need to be shaped to meet the needs of the child.

There is a need for families to provide foster, kinship, adoption and customary care for children and youth in our community, specifically older children and teens, sibling groups and children with complex special needs.

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 are created for generations to come. Eight adoptions were finalized in Haldimand and Norfolk in 2019-20. We thank all our caregivers: our foster, kin and adoptive parents; for the care, compassion and unquestionable commitment to the children and youth they openly welcome into their hearts and homes. We cannot do this work alone.

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

Dress Purple Day October 27, 2020

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 vulnerable children and youth.

This year, Dress Purple Day will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. 

We are calling on all Ontarians to wear something purple to show children, youth, and families that they are here to help!

Adults need to step in and help kids who are dealing with neglect, physical and sexual abuse, gender-based violence, dating violence, and emotional abuse, including racism, intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination. This right applies everywhere – at home and in the community.  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 your local CAS.

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 #DressPurpleDay2020
  • Create and post a video explaining why you will wear purple and how you help children, youth and families facing challenges
  • Share your video on social media using the hashtag #IDressPurpleBecause
  • School and child care 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 us for more information.

Kin Awareness Week, September 21-25

During Kin Awareness Week, Children’s Aid Societies celebrate the families that step in and support children and youth while caregivers address the challenges they are facing. Kin support often means providing a safe and nurturing home, but it also includes informal supports like child care and transportation. Kin providers can be family members, but most people don’t realize they can also be people who simply have an emotional connection to the child or youth. Learn more about how kin families keep kids connected here.

Foster a Child, Foster a Future

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk needs help and it can start with you!

Within our communities, there is an urgent need for foster homes – especially for children aged thirteen and fourteen and older teenagers.

Do you see yourself as a mentor, role model or someone who can be that trusting adult that can make a difference to a child or teen? please…Be a hometown hero, foster a child and foster a future!

For more information on fostering, call 1-888-CAS-KIDS or visit our website www.cashn.on.ca

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