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Walter Gretzky visits the CAS booth at the Norfolk County Fair

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The weather at the 2009 Norfolk County Fair didn’t appear to deter over one-hundred thousand people from passing through the gates this year, according to Fair administration.

Rain and gusting winds affected attendance at the Caledonia Fair. On the final day of the Caledonia Fair wafting rain caused damage to the Society’s outdoor tent and display banners.

Fortunately, Society volunteers and staff were immune from the elements at the Norfolk Fair in our display booth inside the commercial building.

One of the highlights of the event was a visit from Walter Gretzky, who stopped by the Children’s Aid booth to discuss the need for foster families in our communities.

Here are some combined figures regarding total attendance and service inquiries for both Fairs:

  1. 1, 930 people visited the CAS booth
  2. 63 Foster Care inquires
  3. 18 Adoption inquiries
  4. 21 Volunteer inquiries
  5. 183 Fresh Air Fund Inquiries

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk would like to thank all those who stopped by to talk to us about our services and inquire about adoption and fostering.

Here are some more more images from both fairs:

Caledonia Fair

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Norfolk County Fair

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Radiothon: Broadcasting live from Zehrs in Caledonia

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Listen to the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk’s, “Little Dreams, Big Dreams” Radiothon on May 1, 2009. You can hear it on Moose FM 92.9 in Caledonia or streaming live through their public website at www.moosefm.com/ckjn/

The Morning Show crew with John Hardy will be hosting the entire 12 hour event from the Zehrs parking lot in Caledonia starting at 6 am. They will be joined by Bell, Harmony Square who will handing out prizes and goodies.

Our hope is that the “Little Dreams, Big Dreams Radiothon” will raise raise money for our Fresh Air Fund which helps children from our community go to camp and participate in recreational activities. Janice Robinson, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wants to highlight that, “the Fresh Air Fund also helps children in the community that are not CAS clients”.

The Society is also fundraising to establish bursaries that will help youth in our care obtain an ongoing education such as college, university or trade school. In addition, Haldimand and Norfolk CAS is also creating a new bursary, eligible to youth in the community not involved with the Society that are seeking an ongoing education in social work or a related field.

We have also set up challenges where Haldimand and Norfolk classrooms and offices can compete to win various prizes. Classrooms can win a pizza lunch provided by our sponsor, Boston Pizza in Simcoe. The winning office will receive a grand prize advertising and promotional package with an estimated value of more than $3,000.00 in radio spots, print advertising and more.

On the day of the Radiothon Harmony Square Bell and Etnies skateboards and apparel have donated individual prizes to radio listeners.

CASHN recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of our youth and providing them with every available opportunity to obtain the necessary skills to be successful in whatever they choose to do.

The emotional and financial support to those youth still in school or training programs is imperative to their continued success. The transition to independent living and moving into post secondary schooling is very challenging and a time when children often look to their parents for support and guidance.

Our youth have recognized the importance of our Society’s continued support and as a result feel valued and cared for. The number of youth that we have currently registered in post secondary schooling has increased over the last three years. This is a reflection of our commitment to meeting our children’s needs, our work to improve outcomes for children in care and a reflection of the importance we place on education as a part of our children’s lives.

Together, we are a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children.

For further information or those interested in donating money or competing in the fundraising challenge can phone 1-888-CAS-KIDS before May 1. On the day of the Radiothon, those interested in making a donation can call Moose FM at (289) 284-1070 locally in Caledonia or long distance at (866) 477-1089.

The Children’s Aid Society would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support in this campaign.

Many thanks to: Etnies/Faction Sales, Scotiabank Caledonia, Boston Pizza Simcoe, Enterprise Car Rentals and Bell Harmony Square Brantford.

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November is Adoption Awareness Month

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During Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk and other member agencies of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) remind those in our communities that many children and youth in care need adoptive families.

“All children and youth need loving families to flourish. Many children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies dream of being adopted into their forever family”, said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS. “We know children develop better in the stable setting that an adoptive family offers and that’s why more families are needed for adoption of older children, youth, sibling groups and children of diverse culture and heritage.”

People from diverse backgrounds, single people and those who believe themselves ineligible are encouraged to consider adoption.

At March 31, 2008, there were approximately 9,200 children in care who could be adopted in Ontario. Of them:

  • 12 percent were children in the age group 0 to 5
  • 32 percent were children in the age group 6 to 12
  • 56 percent were children 13 years and over

Last year, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk finalized 16 adoptions while provincially, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies finalized 822 adoptions; but there are many more children and youth who can still be adopted.

Children’s Aid Societies provide a free, public adoption system in Ontario and are always looking for permanent homes for children and youth of all ages. “A strong and free public adoption system, available and easily accessible to Ontarians, is important and necessary to ensure parents looking to adopt can give children in care, who dream of being adopted, their forever family,” added Lewis.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk and other Societies across the province provide adoptive parents and children with ongoing support, training and education. Financial supports and subsidies may also be available to adoptive parents to help them meet the needs of their adopted children.

In addition to adoption, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk provides services and supports to help build stable families. Working with community social agencies and the government, we want to help create and sustain safe, nurturing environments for children.

OACAS encourages full and continued support for all services for children in need, to ensure they are not adversely impacted by the current economic situation. Especially during times of economic uncertainty, child welfare agencies act as safety net for children and their families. More services, supports, temporary and long term care such as foster and adoptive families, are needed to protect children and assist families.

If you are considering adoption, please call the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk or visit www.cashn.on.ca and also www.oacas.org

For more information contact:

Janice Robinson
Executive Director, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk
(519) 587-5437


Employment Opportunities

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Director of Finance

Clinical Access Facilitators

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The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is committed to anti-oppressive values of equity, inclusion and respect. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds. We are committed to creating an accessible environment for all. Please let us know if you have any accommodation needs. We thank all applicants; however, only those considered for interviews will be contacted.

If you are interested in a career in child welfare please contact us.  Please feel free to submit your queries and resume to the attention of:

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Human Resources

The Childrens Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk

70 Town Centre Drive

Townsend, Ontario N0A 1S0

email: lynn.tessaro@cashn.on.ca

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