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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.


Reporting Abuse

Kids say the darndest things [ Video: courtesy of York Region CAS ]

Reporting child abuse and neglect – It’s your duty

We all share a responsibility to protect children from harm.

Anyone who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection must promptly report the suspicion and the information upon which it is based to the Children’s Aid Society. (Child and Family Services Act, (CFSA), section 72)

A child in need of protection is defined as a child who is or appears to be under the age of 16 years and who is or appears to be suffering from abuse and/or neglect. The abuse could be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect includes child abandonment, refusal to provide medical treatment, inattention to the child’s developmental condition or the parent’s unwillingness to provide services or treatment to a child who has committed an illegal act.

It is not necessary for you to be certain a child or youth is need of protection to make a report. “Reasonable grounds” refers to the information that an average person, exercising normal and honest judgement would need in order to make a decision to report. This protects you from civil liability. professionals are exempt from the rules of professional confidentiality when making a child protection report. Only solicitors may not divulge privileged information about their clients.

The CFSA also states that a person has an ongoing duty to report known or suspected child abuse. If you have any additional information or concerns regarding the safety of a child about whom you have made a report to the CAS you need to contact the Society again.

Referrals can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at (519) 587-5437 or 1-888-CAS-KIDS


Foster Care Services

The CAS works very hard to help children remain in their families; however, when they cannot remain at home because of serious concerns about their safety and protection, they come into care. When placement with a member of the immediate or extended family or a member of the community is not possible, foster care is the best alternative.

There is always a need for more foster homes. Foster parents provide stability and a caring home that encourages a child or youth’s development.  They work with staff as part of a team.  They may provide care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly years.

Foster parents come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds.  They may be young couples raising children of their own, experienced parents with grown children, or single people with or without training in child care or related professions.  All have a genuine interest in children, a sense of community responsibility and enjoy the challenge presented by fostering.

The Society provides initial orientation and ongoing training, regular visits and support, access to other therapeutic services a child may require, and daily non-taxable reimbursement for the child’s living expenses and supplementary needs.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call the CAS-HN for more information or find out more about the process, evaluation and training required to become a foster parent.

Please join us in realizing our vision: “A community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children”

Foster to Adopt

Fostering a child with a view to adopt is another way to provide a permanent home for a child. Please contact the CAS for more information.


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