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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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Norfolk OPP adopt CAS families

The Norfolk County detachment of the OPP, once again joined the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk to sponsor needy families and children this past holiday season.

On Monday December 22nd, 2008 the Norfolk County OPP presented gifts and food donations to Haldimand and Norfolk Children’s Aid Society to hand to sponsored families. The donations were collected and donated by police officers and their families.

For the past several years the Norfolk County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have donated gifts to children and families in need, involved with the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. Mark Foster from Norfolk OPP reported that, “every child should be able to open a gift on Christmas morning.” Through the generous donations of the O.P.P. many children and families were able to have a special Christmas in 2008.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk extends our gratitude and appreciation for Norfolk O.P.P.’s contributions and dedication to children and families in our community, not only at Christmas but all year round.

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Thanks for Making a Difference

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk thank all those individuals and organizations in the community who helped children and families over Christmas. Your efforts and contributions helped hundreds of children and families in Haldimand and Norfolk.

It is important to note that the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk offers services and programs that are not under our mandate. Such services require support from the community. This year help send disadvantaged children and youth to camp, help them participate in recreational activities and get an ongoing education.

Please contact us at 1-888-CAS-KIDS if you would like to make a charitable contribution to help a child or teen in your community.

Please look for our ad in the Tuesday Times on January 13, 2008 where we thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions over Chrismas:

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church,  Laidlaw Carriers Flatbed,  Lynn Valley Lions Club,  Kinsmen Cayuga, Norfolk OPP,  1st Ontario Credit Union (Simcoe),   TD Canada Trust (Delhi),  Greens of Renton, St. John’s Anglican Church,  Kowtaluk Family,  Zellers,  Fisherville Lutheran Church, Giant Tiger,  Waterford IGA,  Randy and Bev Allen,  Smith family,  Barb Montour, The Barrell Pizza and Pasta House,  Royal LePage-Brown Realty,  McKiee and Farrar/Gair Insurance,  Tri-County Insurance Brokers,  Lisa Naves Dance Company,  Magic Piper,  Freeman’s Tirecraft,  Jensen Cheese,  Dover Paint and Paper,  Norfolk Simcoe Electric Limited,  Dover Apothecary,  Fanshawe College,  Future Auto Sales and Service,  Diane Finley,  Liberty Home Décor,  Koncir Automotive,  Gauld Electric,  Carstar Collision Pro,  Bystryk Real Estate,  DA Walker Climate Control,  Capital Equipment Rentals,  The Gay Blade,  Lillian and Robert Bluhm,  Sundhea Cunningham,  Dunn UCW,  Howard Yin and friends,  Cayuga Dry Lake Saddle Club, Paul and Kim Follington,  Alice Knight,  CACC Employee Fund,  CD 98.9,  Linda and Paul Cripps at Aitkin Motors,  Simcoe Reformer,  Simcoe Toyota,  The Apple Place,  Dr. Steve and Dr. Ian Malo, Cline, Backus, Nightingale and McArthur Law Firm,  Access Mechanical and Supply,  Norfolk Mutual,  Baldock Funeral Home,  The Daily Grind,  Simcoe Starter and Alternator,  Mc Donald’s Family Restrauant,  Cardinal Muffler Car Care Centre,  Norfolk Christmas Exchange, CIBC

Here is the ad from the Tuesday Times:

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Protecting the rights of children in Ontario during a sluggish economy

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 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.


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


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