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Thank You

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is so grateful for the overwhelming support from local community partners, businesses, community members and staff who have generously donated to support children, youth and families this holiday season. This time of year can be stressful for many families, who may also be experiencing additional difficulties this year due to the pandemic. Your kindness and generosity has made a difference and brightened the holiday season for numerous local families!

On behalf of the staff at CASHN and the families we serve, we are sending heartfelt thanks to the following, plus many others who remain unnamed:

Gracious Donors – Holiday Season 2020

ACS Valves, Caledonia
Blue Star Ford Lincoln Sales – Kyle Kowtaluk
Bossy Nagy Group – Delhi and two associate offices
Darling Homes for Kids
DDP Technology
Equipment Centre, Simcoe & Courtland, Jeremy & Sherri Graham
Gay Lea Foods, Hamilton & Hagersville
George Forsyth Plumbing & Heating – Darin, Melissa & Family
Haldimand Abilities Centre
Knights of Columbus
Langton Women’s Institute
Morison Insurance
Norfolk County Quilters Guild
Norfolk Simcoe Electric, Jeremy & Jen Prouse
Norview Lodge Administration
OPP – London Communication Centre
OPP – Norfolk County
Procter & Gamble
Ritzy’s Cakes & Eatery – Robyn and Paul
Shur Lok Storage
Simcoe & District Real Estate Board
Simcoe Lions Club
Stefek Spuds
Tacasho Inc Gary & Sharon Green
Adrian MacCuish
Alfie Fulop and Rose Dodge
Alice Ann Szabo
Andrea Hoyle
Ann Martin
Bertling & Adams Family
Brittany Munro & Thirty-One – customers
Bruce & Brenda Wentzell
Catherine Custodio
Dawn Perrier
Diane Cooper
Donald Cross
Gail Pow
Giles Family
Jackie Treszl
Jason & Amber Posthumus
Jennifer Hodgkinson
Jennifer Mels
Jeremy Edwards
Judy Voegtle
Kathy Szabo & Todd Smith
Katie McGhie
Kerri Mitchell
Laurie Toth
Lynda Curry
Mark Lockington
Mary Weber
MaryAnn Bastin
Meg Cooper
Monica Lamain
Pilatzke Family
Quinn Bateson
Randy & Dawn Booker-Broker & Lauren Poitras
Sarah & Kyle Godelie
Senior Management Team
Sherry Stone
Tanya Parciak
Terence & Ellen Kolomaya
Trish Heinbecker
Wanieta Dygos and Bruce Agley

Holiday Assistance

Every year, with the help of 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, in order to follow public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and best meet the needs of families, we have made some changes to our holiday donation program.  We will be graciously accepting gift cards and monetary donations to go towards the purchase of gift cards to be distributed to families.  This will ensure families are able to afford gifts and food to enjoy together as a family.  Your support will make such a difference and families are so grateful for your help.

There are a number of ways you can make a gift in support of The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.

  • The simplest and most convenient is to make a gift online through Canada Helps at https://www.canadahelps.org/ You can select a fund of your choice (General Fund for holiday donations) and add a message about your donation.
  • You can also make a gift through the mail or by calling the Society.

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: Walmart, Superstore, local shops or grocery stores, restaurants, sports stores or Amazon.
  • Gifts can also be made in the memory of a friend or family member who has passed away.

Whatever method you choose know that your donation is going directly to support local children, youth and families.

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

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

Haldimand Press – Recognizing caregivers for their compassion and commitment

Recognizing caregivers for their compassion and commitment
DUNNVILLE—Ruth Anderson received her gift basket from the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk for Caregiver Appreciation Week. —Submitted photo.

By Sheila Phibbs

The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—The week of October 17 to 23, 2020 has been designated “Caregiver Appreciation Week”. To mark the occasion, the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk (CASHN) is delivering gift baskets to foster and kinship care families for opening their homes and hearts. One such recipient is Ruth Anderson of Dunnville, whose decision to become a foster parent 40 years ago has made a big difference in the lives of many children.

For Anderson, becoming a foster parent was an easy choice. She says, “I just wanted a big family,” and recalls thinking “it sounds like a good thing to do.”

She and her husband Jim had two daughters when they were in full agreement to become a foster family. A social worker conducted a preliminary assessment and asked what age group they wanted. Initially, their preference was to have ‘little ones’ but their very first placement was five siblings. Since then, the most they have had at one time is three. Approximately 80 children, from infant to teen, have been welcomed into their home over the past four decades. Their own family also grew by one as Ruth and Jim adopted their third daughter.


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Haldimand Press

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