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October is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

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Last Year, Ontario Children’s Aid Societies investigated 77, 089 referrals concerning the safety and well-being of children and youth at risk of abuse and harm. 1,824 referrals were received by The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. 

Child abuse and neglect are societal and family issues. The goal of the Child Abuse Prevention Campaign in October is to raise awareness that public education and prevention are the best ways to end the neglect and abuse of children. It serves as a reminder to all of us that reporting suspected child abuse and neglect is everyone’s responsibility.

Visit us at the Caledonia Fair (October 1 – 4, 2009) and at the Norfolk County Fair (October 6 – 12, 2009) where we will be distributing free wrist bands and buttons to raise awareness and provide information about child abuse and neglect.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk will also be fundraising for the Fresh Air Fund and providing information about adoption and fostering at our exhibit booth.


Radiothon: Broadcasting live from Zehrs in Caledonia

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Listen to the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk’s, “Little Dreams, Big Dreams” Radiothon on May 1, 2009. You can hear it on Moose FM 92.9 in Caledonia or streaming live through their public website at www.moosefm.com/ckjn/

The Morning Show crew with John Hardy will be hosting the entire 12 hour event from the Zehrs parking lot in Caledonia starting at 6 am. They will be joined by Bell, Harmony Square who will handing out prizes and goodies.

Our hope is that the “Little Dreams, Big Dreams Radiothon” will raise raise money for our Fresh Air Fund which helps children from our community go to camp and participate in recreational activities. Janice Robinson, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wants to highlight that, “the Fresh Air Fund also helps children in the community that are not CAS clients”.

The Society is also fundraising to establish bursaries that will help youth in our care obtain an ongoing education such as college, university or trade school. In addition, Haldimand and Norfolk CAS is also creating a new bursary, eligible to youth in the community not involved with the Society that are seeking an ongoing education in social work or a related field.

We have also set up challenges where Haldimand and Norfolk classrooms and offices can compete to win various prizes. Classrooms can win a pizza lunch provided by our sponsor, Boston Pizza in Simcoe. The winning office will receive a grand prize advertising and promotional package with an estimated value of more than $3,000.00 in radio spots, print advertising and more.

On the day of the Radiothon Harmony Square Bell and Etnies skateboards and apparel have donated individual prizes to radio listeners.

CASHN recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of our youth and providing them with every available opportunity to obtain the necessary skills to be successful in whatever they choose to do.

The emotional and financial support to those youth still in school or training programs is imperative to their continued success. The transition to independent living and moving into post secondary schooling is very challenging and a time when children often look to their parents for support and guidance.

Our youth have recognized the importance of our Society’s continued support and as a result feel valued and cared for. The number of youth that we have currently registered in post secondary schooling has increased over the last three years. This is a reflection of our commitment to meeting our children’s needs, our work to improve outcomes for children in care and a reflection of the importance we place on education as a part of our children’s lives.

Together, we are a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children.

For further information or those interested in donating money or competing in the fundraising challenge can phone 1-888-CAS-KIDS before May 1. On the day of the Radiothon, those interested in making a donation can call Moose FM at (289) 284-1070 locally in Caledonia or long distance at (866) 477-1089.

The Children’s Aid Society would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support in this campaign.

Many thanks to: Etnies/Faction Sales, Scotiabank Caledonia, Boston Pizza Simcoe, Enterprise Car Rentals and Bell Harmony Square Brantford.

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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.


Purple Ribbon News Release on Child Abuse and Neglect

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In a recent report, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) indicated that last year more than 27,000 children and youth under the age of 16 years received services for protection from suspected child abuse and neglect.
The report released today indicates that

  1. 1 in 100 of all of Ontario’s children received services from Children’s Aid Societies
  2. 152,879 allegations of abuse or neglect were received by the Societies
  3. 27,816 children were served by Children’s Aid Societies
  4. 24,955 families were supported by the Children’s Aid Societies to help them protect and care for their children

Child abuse is a concern for all Ontarians because many children are at risk of abuse or suffering from lack of proper care. “This societal problem needs everyone’s attention because too many families are coping with stressors and challenges affecting their ability to provide a safe, secure home for their children with insufficient services and support,” states Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

Everyone has an ongoing duty to report when they see or hear that a child is suffering from any form of abuse from a parent, caregiver or adult whether physical, emotional or sexual. Everyone also has a ongoing duty to report if they learn that a child is living in appalling conditions, has no place to sleep or enough food to eat. All Ontarians have a responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to their local Children’s Aid Society.

Children that are physically abused may have obvious bruises or marks on their body. Children abused emotionally or sexually may exhibit behavioural indicators and children who are neglected may be malnourished, appear unkempt or inappropriately dressed.

Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies are launching the Child Abuse Prevention Campaign on October to remind the public about everyone’s responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse because, as this year’s campaign states, “kids shouldn’t have to live with abuse.” Ontarians are encouraged to learn more about the signs of abuse, how to recognize it and report it to their local children’s Aid Society at
www.useyourvoice.ca

To read the report recently released by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Ontario’s Children in Care, visit www.oacas.org or www.cashn.on.ca


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