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More Foster Families Needed in Haldimand and Norfolk

foster parent week

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.


Welcome to our new website

Hello and welcome to the new website for the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. We have a new website. Let us know what you think of the new site and let us know about any things you would like to see included in the future. Feedback is a good thing and always appreciated.

We would like to see this new site as another gateway into the communities we serve. Take advantage of the interactive features of this site such as the polls and parenting information as we will be using the feedback to better serve our clients, children and community through both online and traditional services.

Thank you for visiting.


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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