The congregation of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Delhi collected back packs, schools supplies, socks, t-shirts and books to be distributed to families in need. Shown in the picture is the Warden of the project – Brenda Langas.
Thank you to your congregation for their kindness and giving hearts.
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as the purple ribbon campaign. Speak up for kids and help raise awareness about the importance of calling Children’s Aid if you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a child or youth. Everyone in the community plays an important role; it takes a village to keep kids safe.
Please remember, you don’t need to be sure that a child is being abused or neglected – when you call The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk to share your concerns, we will determine if a child is in danger. The CAS responds to reports about a child’s safety and provides child protection, family support or referrals to other community services. We work first and foremost to keep families together. The majority of children or youth we work with are in their family home or with kin. In 2016-17 the average number of children in care was 237, a 20% decrease over 5 years.
The CAS investigates allegations of abuse: physical, sexual or emotional; but also responds to concerns of neglect which might be something that is not being done for a child. We also connect families with services or arrange for volunteer assistance.
Dress Purple Day is Tuesday, October 24. The CAS is collaborating with local school boards to invite all staff and students to wear purple on this day, as well as all community members. Help raise awareness about child abuse #IBREAKthe silence.
What can you do? Wear purple on October 24, wear a purple ribbon in October to signify the importance of child abuse prevention, become a kin or foster caregiver, volunteer as a driver, mentor or board member. Please visit our website at www.cashn.on.ca for more information about our services or to see a video about reporting.
If you have a concern for a child or would like more information, please call The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-227-5437, locally at (519) 587-5437.
Bernadette Gallagher, PhD, RSW
Saturday, September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters. A time for communities to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters. Please click on this link for more information and a short video. http://www.orangeshirtday.org/
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk held a 5K Walk on Saturday, September 16th, to raise awareness in the community and to raise funds to help local children attend camp or recreational activities (little dreams) and youth attend post-secondary school (big dreams). We surpassed our goal, raising $6,529! Scotiabank has also generously matched our funds raised by contributing another $5,000, bringing the grand total to over $11,500.
Thank you to all of our sponsors: Scotiabank, Outdoor Cap, Foodland Waterford, Unilever Breyers, Coca Cola, Affordable Portables, Domino’s Pizza, The Apple Place and many more local businesses who donated prizes: Canadian Tire, Brantford Twin Valley Zoo, Art With Heart, Barrel Pizza, Child’s Play, Flooring Canada, Magic Piper, Sandusk Golf Club, Strand Theatre, Norfolk County Public Library and the H-N Health Unit.
Staff, youth, board members, foster parents and volunteers also donated items and their time, contributing to our success in making dreams come true for local children and youth!
Carrie McMillan and Breanna Stenis of Lakewood Child Care Centre along with staff and families of the daycare collected back to school supplies for our families. Thank you for your kind and generous hearts. Also in the photo is CASHN staff Kelly Dygos.