April 23 to April 29, 2016 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank the over 12 million Canadians whose efforts have an important and lasting affect on our communities.
At The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk, volunteers help in many ways. There are currently 73 active volunteers who may be driving children to school or to appointments, offering guidance as a mentor to a child or youth, providing expertise as a member of the Board of Directors, or assisting at an event. No matter the role, each volunteer is important and their contributions are vital to helping our Society be successful.
Bernadette Gallagher, Executive Director of The CAS of HN commented, “Our communities would not be the same without the generosity and dedication of those who volunteer. We rely on the energy and enthusiasm of our volunteers each and every day to help make life a little easier for the children, youth and families we serve. We greatly appreciate the important role they play in the work that we do.”
Please call to find out how you can make a difference by volunteering at the Children’s Aid Society: contact Brenda Hunt at 1-888-227-5437, ext. 298.
Our Foster Parent experience….
My boyfriend and I have been foster parents for the past 5 years. It was a big change at first for us and our kids, but we have all grown and embraced the changes. We have had many trials of which we overcame by using positivity, love, structure, and routine. The support of C.A.S. workers has also benefitted us as well as the children. Love, patience and compassion have been strong points in our daily living; resulting in added trust within our family. The foundation of these components, no matter what age, seems to enable the children to strive for a better future. Best of all, they now have increased self-worth and value. My sister and brother-in-law have been watching over the years how these changes can be positive and have now started into fostering as well.
Kevin and Diane
“Raising Responsible Awesome Kids” Join Gary Direnfeld to find out how!
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Assumption College School
257 Shellard Lane, Brantford
Appetizers/Refreshments at 6:00 pm, presentation at 7:00 pm
Visit www.bhncdsb.ca or call 519-756-6505 ext. 237 to register by April 1
Generous knitters and crocheters continue to help “Warm Up Haldimand” with their hand-made creations. A new supply of hats, mitts, slippers, sweaters and stuffed animals was dropped off at the Children’s Aid Society on March 22, 2017 by Betty Carpenter (shown here). These items are made available at the office and distributed to local children and families in need. Thank you to this generous group for their ongoing support and kindness.
Why we Foster…..
We have been fostering for approximately seven years. Over this time we have had many children come and stay. Their stays with us have lasted from short durations of six months to now long term placements and adoption.
My husband and I had very different experiences growing up. I came from a middle class background with a military father. My husband had lost his father at a very young age. When we met I was a single mother of two boys and we had both gone through marriages that had ended in divorce. Our original plan was to follow the norm; work, raise the boys and plan for our retirement. Fostering was NEVER in the plans.
When our youngest son went off to university I had experienced a job loss in the corporate world and had more time to spend at home. We were definitely not rich but we were comfortable. We had an epiphany. It was time to get involved and help our community and the next generation in some way. We chose to foster. It was the BEST, MOST FULFILLING CHOICE we could have ever made.
Perception is reality! We live an average lifestyle. Every child has added a different type of spice to our family. We have had children remark “this is the best day of my life”, simply by experiencing a new type of food. Something we take for granted. We have fostered both genders ranging from the age of 3 up to 17.
Our intention was only to help temporarily, but life has a way of giving you just what you need! We are a family and our family dynamic has changed over the years. We now have a daughter who came to us as a foster child. After two years she asked us to make her a permanent part of our home. To us she already was, so it was just something that made sense – adoption it was.
During our years of fostering we have had ups and downs. Through it all we couldn’t have asked for a better resource worker, who has been there to support us, as well as the children’s workers who have been there to work out any potential challenges we face raising the kids.
Overall the best part has been the unknown. The different children that come to us, that each add their own spice to our family.