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Happy Family Day


The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk would like to wish all the families in our communities a happy Family Day.

Family Day has been celebrated on the third Monday of February every year since it was introduced by Alberta in 1990. Saskatchewan adopted the holiday in 2007 and Ontario followed in 2008.

This year, the statutory holiday falls on Monday, February 15, 2010. The holiday was introduced to break the long stretch of work and weather between New Years Day and March Break.

Take the time to enjoy the long weekend with your families.

Family Day

Monday, February 16 is Family Day and a public holiday. Family day takes place on the third Monday of every February. The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk urges you to devote this time to your children and families as there is nothing more valuable than having time together.

On Family Day, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies ask all Ontarians to make our children and families, particularly our most vulnerable, a priority in our thoughts and actions. Their well-being is the true measure of our society. At a time when so much is uncertain and strong families are more important than ever, ensuring that our children continue to grow has never mattered more.

If you have ever considered helping a child who doesn’t have a family or whose family is struggling and unable to care for him or her, please call us to be a Foster Parent. You can reach us at 1-888-CAS-KIDS. Listen for our Foster Home campaign on radio CD 98.9 in Norfolk County or 92.9 Moose FM in Haldimand County.


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Protecting the rights of children in Ontario during a sluggish economy


 This from the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies:

TORONTO – Today (November 20th), on National Child Day, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its member agencies remind Ontarians to make our most vulnerable children and families a priority.

Many children and youth are denied the basics of a safe home, adequate food and clothing, necessary community supports and opportunities to develop.

  1. 40% of food bank clients in Ontario are children.
  2. One in six children in Ontario live in poverty.
  3. Over the past year, more than 77,000 allegations of abuse and neglect were investigated by Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). More than 27,000 children were in CAS care.
  4. Almost 40% of women assaulted by spouses said their children witnessed the violence; in many cases the violence was severe.
  5. One-third of children seeking mental health services in 2007 were still waiting at the end of the year.

“Today, we recognize the rights of all children to be protected. Despite the current economic environment, we must remain committed to securing a prosperous future for our children,” said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS.

Children’s Aid Societies support families when parents cannot provide proper care, housing and nutrition for a child. CASs must respond when a downturn in the economy affects children and families. Job loss, family stress, poverty and depression are among the causes of child abuse and neglect. Community social service programs and initiatives designed to support families coping with these stresses need to be sustained, especially during a slowing economy.

“When families face increasing hardships like unemployment, extreme financial need and housing crises, the programs and services they rely on must be available to support them,” added Lewis. “As Canadians, we all promised to protect children from harm and ensure their safety. It is time we kept our promise to our most vulnerable citizens.”

For more information, visit www.oacas.org or contact the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-CAS-KIDS.

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