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.
TORONTO – The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) are launching a campaign to increase awareness about the thousands of children and youth in care who are waiting for a family.
The OACAS and the ACO are promoting adoption for children in care, through the Adoption Awareness campaign during November, because “one day, every child in Ontario will have a family.”
When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: 75 Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, 3rd floor, major intersection Church and Front streets.
What: OACAS and ACO will launch Adoption Awareness Month with guest speakers:
Robin Cardozo is an adoptive parent and was a member of the Ontario Government’s Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption.
Paula Schuck is an adoptive mother and freelance journalist from London, Ontario, cofounder of the London Coalition of Adoptive Families and the Canadian Coalition of Adoptive Families.
Aleisha Jane Murray Deece-Cassidy is a Grade 8 student who loves math and enjoys speaking publicly about adoption. She hopes to make many people aware of the joys and challenges associated with the adoption process
Please contact your local Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk for more details at 1-888-227-5437.
Norfolk County Fair administrators report that they have Ontario’s oldest agricultural fair and that it is ranked the fifth largest event of its kind in the province. It is in esteemed company, alongside the Canadian National Exhibition and The Royal Winter Fair.
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk has participated in the fair through an exhibit table for the past several years. This year, the Society’s objectives and focus will be on Fundraising, Foster Home Recruitment and Child Abuse Prevention Month awareness.
Last year the CASHN booth attracted 1600 visitors, while 120,000 were reported to have attended the fair by county organizers. It is the objective of the Community Resource Department to exceed last year’s attendance to the booth. We have added a basketball hoops game to attract more visitors. You could also win prizes from Bell Harmony Square and Boston Pizza in Simcoe.
This year the Norfolk County Fair runs from October 6 to October 12. Take the time to visit the CAS booth if you are attending the fair.
The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is returning to the Caledonia fair. The 137th Annual Caledonia Fair runs from Thursday, October 1 to Sunday, October 4th, 2009. This year’s theme is, “A Country Christmas”.
The CRD Department will be attending the event to awareness for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month; Raise money for the Fresh Air Fund Fund; Recuitment of Foster Homes and Adoptive Homes.
Child Abuse Prevention Month reminds all of us that reporting suspected child abuse or neglect is everyone’s responsibility.
Join us at our outdoor tent where we will be distributing buttons, bracelets and ribbons for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. We will be featuring a basketball toss game where you can win prizes.