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Mayor’s Christmas Dinner Returns to Dunnville

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The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is proud to announce the Mayor’s Christmas Dinner. This event is an important one for Haldimand Mayor, Marie Trainer and we encourage everyone to take the opportunity to drop in for a visit or volunteer to help.

Help show the commitment of our communities to help others and particularly to those in need. See the details below:

Mayor’s Christmas Dinner Returns to Dunnville!

At St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 204 Alder Street West, Dunnville.

11:30 am Friday December 25th, 2009

Friends, Fun and Memories
Great Food, Music and Santa
Limited Seating & Transportation

Register by Tuesday, December 15th as a Guest or Volunteer with Pat at 905-701-4831.
Interested sponsors please call Arla at 905 318 5932, Ext 202.


Resource Centre Annual Christmas Dinner

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For all those in need this holiday season, you have been invited to the

Resource Centre Annual Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, December 3, 2009

at the Simcoe Recreation Centre

Doors open at 12 pm and lunch is served at 1 pm

Please RSVP the Resource Centre at 519-428-9580 or 1-888-477-3717

You may also contact the Resource Centre if you require assistance with transportation. The meal is a full Christmas dinner provided free of charge.


Recognizing our Foster Families

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Thank you Foster Parents.

Last week, on October 20, 2009, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk recognized the contributions of our foster parents through an annual dinner. The occasion was marked with acknowledgements to several foster families for esteemed service and their continued commitment to children and youth in Haldimand and Norfolk by reaching 5, 10, 15 and 25 year milestones.

Haldimand Mayor, Marie Trainer who attended the dinner commended the work of foster parents as being, “very important to the community.”

At this time, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk has approximately 323 youth and children in care. Many of these children are being provided homes and support by 102 foster families in our communities.

The care of youth and children is the utmost responsibility of everyone in the community. Foster families and individuals have an essential role by providing stability and a caring home that encourages a child or youth’s growth and development.

If you have ever considered fostering please contact us at 1-888-227-5437.

 

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Mayor’s Christmas Dinner

Janice Robinson, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk would like to wish all the families in our communities a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Today, Janice met with Marie Trainer, the Mayor of Haldimand County. Mayor Trainer is extending a warm invitation to anyone living in Haldimand County as well as families and individuals in Norfolk County to attend a special Mayor’s Christmas Dinner at the Caledonia Lions Hall on Thursday, December 25th at noon. All ages are welcome. As there is limited seating available, please RSVP Arla Dorr at 905-318-5932 (extension 202) by December 16, 2008.

Janice Robinson and the rest of Haldimand and Norfolk CAS management and staff recognize this event as a wonderful gesture and encourage you to drop in and say hello to Mayor Trainer.

Here is the event poster from the Mayor’s office with complete details:

 


More Foster Families Needed in Haldimand and Norfolk

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FOSTER FAMILY WEEK
October 19-25, 2008

During Foster Family Week (October 19th to October 25th), The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk recognizes families who give of their time and themselves by nurturing vulnerable children and youth as foster parents.

On October 22, 2008 the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand & Norfolk is honouring our foster parents through a special Foster Parent Dinner. On this evening, we will be expressing our gratitude to all our families who make personal sacrifices to provide safe homes to children in need from our communities. Haldimand and Norfolk CAS will also be recognizing the work of foster parents who have reached five and ten year service milestones.

Foster families provide a precious gift to children in care. They share their love, their home and their family with our most vulnerable children. Foster Family Week is a good time to recognize those caring families who open their homes and their hearts to children who have suffered maltreatment and need a stable, loving home.

Last year, 38% of children in the care of Haldimand and Norfolk were placed with a foster family while 11% were placed in group homes, 2% with adoptive families, 10% with kinship families and 28% were living on their own. With 119 foster families in Haldimand and Norfolk, there are still not enough homes available to provide temporary shelter to all the children coming into care who cannot remain with their families.

More foster families who can provide safe, loving, secure homes to the vulnerable children who come into the care of The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk are needed. There is a greater need for foster families for teenagers, as 43% of all youth in care aged 13 to 15 years are in a foster family setting as opposed to group care or living on their own. There is still a need for foster families for younger children and sibling groups, as well as families from diverse backgrounds and ethno-cultural communities.

Fostering brings caring and compassionate people and the kids who need them together. Fostering is a rewarding experience, a chance to make a difference one child at a time. We need more extraordinary people to consider becoming foster parents, to be a safe harbour to children and youth in need.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk works very hard to help children remain with their families. Last year, more than 2, 608 families received child welfare services and parenting supports from Haldimand & Norfolk CAS to overcome difficulties.

When children cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, they come into the care of a child welfare agency that makes every effort to give a family and a home to every child in need of protection. Last year, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk provided substitute care for 303 children and foster parents cared for 115 children and youth.

Foster parents work with Haldimand & Norfolk CAS as part of a team to develop a plan to care for each child, which includes reunification with their family, adoption or long-term foster care. They work closely with Haldimand & Norfolk CAS to provide temporary care to children for a few days, a week, several months or possibly years. Haldimand & Norfolk CAS support foster families through assessment, training and education, ongoing assistance as well as financial supports for the child’s care, food and clothing.

If you are considering fostering, please contact Haldimand & Norfolk CAS for more information at 1-888-CAS-KIDS.


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