The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk with the support of CD 98.9 FM in Simcoe has developed a specialized recruitment campaign which aims to find homes for children and youth in the Outside Paid Resource (OPR) system living outside the communities of Haldimand and Norfolk.
OPR’s are independently owned and operated treatment foster care homes and group homes where care is provided to children and youth in a small group setting. They are licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and are required to renew their licenses annually.
Unfortunately, there is a critical shortage of foster homes in Haldimand and Norfolk that can manage the behaviour or specialized treatment needs of some of the children and youth that come into care necessitating the use of group homes.
CD 98.9 FM has agreed to host a special, morning show broadcast on Monday, May 17, 2010 which will feature stories from youth in group homes, interviews with youth, foster parents, adoptive parents and Society staff. The broadcast will begin at 6:00 am and continue until 9:00 am taking the form of a “radiothon” style, live recruitment campaign.
The broadcast will feature child specific profiles where radio hosts will intermittently make public pleas to the audience to foster or adopt a specific youth or child.
The campaign will provide a wonderful opportunity to bring youth and children back to their communities. It is our hope that through this very unique and transparent public plea to “bring our children home” we can recruit suitable homes for some of our youth and children.
It has been another successful year for Christmas Wishes hosted by CD 98.9 FM and Aitken Motors. During the months of November and December, radio listeners sponsor gift requests from children need in the community.
This year, through the efforts of CD 98.9, the Society was able to receive 200 gifts to distribute to children in the community. The station was also able to raise 150 gifts on behalf of the Women’s Shelter in Simcoe.
CD 98.9, their listeners in the community and Aitken Motors are owed many thanks for their compassion and dedication in supporting children every year at Christmas.
Community Living Haldimand, located in Cayuga provides individualized support to those with mental health issues and teaches them life skills, budgeting and social skills. Through support and advocacy, they are responsible for assuring that individuals with intellectual disabilities are treated with dignity and respect.
They have also extended their altruism by offering support to families in the community. Heather Putt from Community Living contacted the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk seeking a family in need to sponsor at Christmas.
Once a family and their needs were identified, the response from Community Living and its staff was nothing short of spectacular and heart warming.
Ms. Putt reported that she was overwhelmed with the response of staff, “It has been remarkable. We have collected about three pick up truck loads worth of clothes, toys, food, beds and bedding.”
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wishes to express our thanks to Community Living for the remarkable work they do and the generosity they have displayed.
The Norfolk detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police in Simcoe, have a long history of helping the community through their roles as police officers and through charity and goodwill.
As in the past, Norfolk OPP once again put smiles on the faces of children this Christmas by purchasing dozens of toys and delivering them to The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.
Constable Teresa Ollen-Bittle reported that helping children is particularly important to the OPP, “We have been supporting children in care of the Society for several years now through Christmas gift donations by individual officers as well as donations from associated friends and family members.”
The Society would like to acknowledge the efforts and commitments of our police officers to our communities and our children. We would further wish to extend our thanks to the individual officers and their families who donated gifts in the form of new toys, clothing or gift cards for food to children and families in need this Christmas.