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Adopt a child or youth from The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk

News Release:
OACAS AND ACO LAUNCH ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH

Every child deserves a family and that is why the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) are partnering to advance “one day, every child in Ontario will have a family.”

During November, the OACAS and the ACO are promoting Adoption Awareness Month to remind Ontarians that adoption is an option for many children and youth in care.

“There are more than 9,200 Crown wards in Ontario and every one of them deserves a permanent family,” said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS. “There are a number of ways to help children and youth find a family and adoption is one very important option.”

The campaign aims to raise awareness of adoption and increase the number of children adopted. Resources and information for service providers are available to help improve families’ experience of adoption; to make the connection for children in care to families looking to adopt; and to support families after they have adopted. The campaign will feature a public service announcement, brochure and on-line resources.

Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) work with children and families and are responsible for placing children for adoption. The Adoption Council of Ontario works with CASs and adoption practitioners and other organizations, providing information and a service which helps match prospective parents to children waiting for families. “Adoption is ‘the best’ word you can hear because it means long-term and you no longer have to worry about always having to switch places,” Advises Jessica Widmer who was adopted at age 8. *

At March 31, 2009, CASs placed 865 children with adoptive families, of them:
• 628 children aged 0 to 5
• 217 children aged 6 to 12
• 16 youth aged 13 to 15
• 4 youth aged 16 to 18

Last year the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk placed 16 children and youth with adoptive families. At this time, teens and school age children are in the greatest need of adoptive homes in Haldimand and Norfolk.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is part of a free, public adoption system in Ontario, which includes support, training and education. CASs are always looking for permanent homes for children and youth of all ages and offer many options including adoption, kinship care arrangements, legal custody and long-term foster care.

Those interested in adoption are encouraged to contact The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (227-5437) for more information about the process, orientation or information evenings. AdoptOntario is also a valued resource for information that will help match people interested in adoption with waiting children.


Annual General Meeting: Nurturing the Lives and Dreams of Children

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Last night the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk held its 15th Annual General Meeting and Recognition Awards.

During the meeting the Society very proudly celebrated and honoured the academic achievements of 25 youth which included:

Graduation from high school;
Acceptance to a college, university or trade school;
Recipients of bursaries and scholarships;
Successful completion of courses and programs at college and university

The number of youth in care graduating high school and continuing their education has risen dramatically in the past decade. The difference has been the result of a visionary blueprint by CASHN and its Board of Directors in dedicating staff and resources to older youth whohave asked us to use a, “what would a good parent do” test of every service we provide them.

As one example, the Society has responded by working hard to ensure every child graduates high school and obtains a post secondary education. Educational achievement is one concrete way to end the cycle of poverty.

The “doing what a good parent would do” commitment to youth is not only proving to be a success locally, it is being duplicated across the province by other Children’s Aid Societies with the endorsement of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

CASHN and its Board of Directors also recognized the hard work and contributions of CAS staff who donate over $8,000.00 a year to the Fresh Air Fund to help children in the community.

Various organizations, individuals and groups from the community were also formally honoured for their valuable contributions as donors who helped “elevate the dreams” of children in care.

CASHN see their donors as a perfect example of their vision in practice of a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children. CAS community donors help children and youth through the Fresh Air Fund and bursaries for post secondary education.

For those seeking more information on how they can become involved with helping children in Haldimand and Norfolk please explore this website.

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Welcome to our new website

Hello and welcome to the new website for the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. We have a new website. Let us know what you think of the new site and let us know about any things you would like to see included in the future. Feedback is a good thing and always appreciated.

We would like to see this new site as another gateway into the communities we serve. Take advantage of the interactive features of this site such as the polls and parenting information as we will be using the feedback to better serve our clients, children and community through both online and traditional services.

Thank you for visiting.


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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Foster Care Services

The CAS works very hard to help children remain in their families; however, when they cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, they come into care. When placement with a member of the immediate or extended family or a member of the community is not possible, foster care is the best alternative.

There is always a need for more foster homes. Foster parents provide stability and a caring home that encourages a child or youth’s development.  They work with staff as part of a team.  They may provide care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly years.

Foster parents come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds.  They may be young couples raising children of their own, experienced parents with grown children, or single people with or without training in child care or related professions.  All have a genuine interest in children, a sense of community responsibility and enjoy the challenge presented by fostering.

The Society provides initial orientation and ongoing training, regular visits and support, access to other therapeutic services a child may require, and daily non-taxable reimbursement for the child’s living expenses and supplementary needs.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call the CAS-HN for more information or find out more about the process, evaluation and training required to become a foster parent.

Please join us in realizing our vision: “A community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children”

Foster to Adopt

Fostering a child with a view to adopt is another way to provide a permanent home for a child. Please contact the CAS for more information.


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