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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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Report on Children in Care Across Ontario

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OACAS Report regarding Ontario’s Children in Care, Released October 1, 2008

Introduction

Child abuse remains a serious concern as many children and youth are at risk of abuse or are suffering from lack of proper care. Children’s Aid Societies protect children from abuse and neglect, help parents and caregivers build healthy families and provide a safe, nurturing place for children and youth to grow up and realize their full potential.

Children’s Aid Societies can only act to protect children from harm when a concerned citizen or professional calls to report their suspicions or a parent calls for assistance. More education is needed to remind the public that everyone has an ongoing responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse.

According to the Child and Family Services Act, Section 72.1, everyone, including professionals who work with children has an ongoing obligation to report promptly to a Children’s Aid Society if they suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection. A child is in need of protection where there is a risk of sexual, physical or emotional abuse from an adult, caregiver, family friend or stranger or when a caregiver fails to provide proper care or deprives a child of support and affection.

There are 53 Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario. They are incorporated not-for-profit agencies governed by volunteer boards of directors elected from the local community and funded by the Province of Ontario.

Child welfare agencies are exclusively mandated by the Child and Family Services Act to protect children from abuse and neglect employing clinically trained child protection workers who are guided by the provincial regulations and standards, Child Protection Standards and Tools in Ontario and the Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum to determine the kind of support and service needed to keep children safe and families stable in situations involving child abuse and neglect.

Ontario’s Children in Care

Over the 12 month period from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies provided child welfare services to communities across Ontario. The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) collected information from 51 of 53 mandated child welfare agencies in Ontario to prepare this report on services provided during the fiscal year. OACAS also collected information on the number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies as of March 31, 2008.

Under the Child and Family Services Act, Children’s Aid Societies are required to:

  • investigate allegations of abuse and neglect;
  • protect children and provide guidance, counseling and other services to support families
  • to help them care for their children
  • provide care or supervision for children assigned to their care
  • place children for adoption

Investigation and child protection

Children’s Aid Societies investigate allegations of abuse and neglect from concerned citizens, neighbours, health care professionals, educators and police. Whenever possible, Children’s Aid Societies work to keep children at home with their biological families, but when children cannot remain at home or live with relatives safely, societies offer a variety of substitute programs and also facilitate the adoption of Crown wards (permanent wards of the province).

In 2007/2008:

  • 77,089 allegations of abuse and neglect were investigated by Children’s Aid Societies
  • 27,816 children were in the care of a Children’s Aid Society for protection from child abuse and neglect

Of the children who were cared for by a society during the year, 9,468 came into care upon completion of abuse investigations:

  • 6,565 children had not previously been in care
  • 2,903 children were returned to care due to new child protection concerns
  • Less than 1% of Ontario’s 3 million children were in the care of Children’s Aid Societies last year
  • Of the 3 million children in Ontario, 3 in 1,000 care of Children’s Aid Societies last year

The number of childrencoming into care each year has continued to decline, in line with the general downward trend in Ontario’s child population. In 2007/08 9,468 children came into care, a 26% decline compared to 2003/04. The rate of admissions into care was 3 childrenper 1000 of Ontario’s children population.

Supporting families

Children’s Aid Societies also provide assessments, crisis intervention, counseling and services to prevent child abuse and neglect. In addition, Children’s Aid Societies help vulnerable families protect and support their children. Many prevention programs are offered in partnership with other community agencies. Child protection workers also work to support families in crisis where their children are not in need of protection. A child protection worker remains involved with the family to ensure the appropriate supports and community services are in place.

In 2007/08:

24,955 families received ongoing support from Children’s Aid Societies where a child was in need of protection.

Caring for children and youth

Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies provided substitute care for children in need of protection from physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect. Fifty-one Children’s Aid Societies responded to the annual OACAS survey of children in care as of March 31, 2008.

Legal status:

Children come under the care, supervision and protection of an agency through a court order or an agreement with their parent or caregiver. Children who are Crown wards or society wards are cared for by an agency which becomes their legal guardian.

On March 31, 2008, 17,945 children were in the care of agencies as:

  • 9,199 Crown wards* (51.3%)
  • 2,383 former Crown wards age 18 to under 21* (13.3%)
  • 1,563 society wards* (8.7%)
  • 4,079 children in the temporary care of a society (22.7%)
  • 536 children in customary care* (6.2%)
  • 125 children placed for adoption (0.7%)
  • 60 children with special needs in care under a special needs agreement (0.3%)

Definitions

Crown wards – permanent wards of the Crown, province has legal guardianship.
Society wards – temporary wardship, Society has legal guardianship for 12 months.
Former Crown wards- youth ages 18 to under 21 who have agreements with their Children’s Aid Society for supports as they transition to adulthood
Customary care – status Indian or native children are cared for in an agreement according to the custom of the child’s band or native community.

Aboriginal:

  • 2,512 children in care are of First Nations or Aboriginal ancestry (13% of all children in care)
  • 1,960 are Aboriginal as defined by the Indian Act
  • 552 are of First Nation or Aboriginal ancestry

Francophone:

  • 446 Francophone children in care
  • 384 Francophone children were placed in French-speaking foster homes
  • 426 foster homes were able to provide care and service in French

Volunteering

Volunteers provide a vital link between us and the communities we serve, which is fundamental when working to protect children and youth.  Our volunteers play an important role by sharing their time and talents to enrich the lives of our children, youth and families.

You can contribute to a wide range of services, which include:

▪ driving children to appointments, supervised visits with their families and other scheduled meetings

▪ assisting with and attending special events hosted by the agency

▪ assisting with administrative tasks

▪ acting as a special friend, mentor and/or tutor for a child or youth

As a volunteer, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have truly improved the life of a child or youth. You will also receive:

▪ reimbursement for mileage incurred and out-of-pocket expenses

▪ orientation and training regarding the programs and services offered by the Society

▪ ongoing support in your volunteer role

▪ flexible hours and time commitment

▪ the opportunity to make new friends

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at (519) 587-5437 or 1-888-CAS-KIDS extension 298.

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Board members are concerned community members, age 18 or over who live or work in the counties of Haldimand or Norfolk, and who support the Society mission, vision and values.  The board, in conjunction with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, determines policy.  The board selects its Local Director; initiates and/or approves programs and services; is responsible for funds, both statutory and private; and exercises the power and authority vested in it by the CFSA and Corporations Act.

Please call the Society for more information about joining the Board of Directors and contact the Executive Assistant at (519) 587-5437 or 1-888-227-5437, ext. 235.


Employment Opportunities

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Director of Finance

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The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is committed to anti-oppressive values of equity, inclusion and respect. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds. We are committed to creating an accessible environment for all. Please let us know if you have any accommodation needs. We thank all applicants; however, only those considered for interviews will be contacted.

If you are interested in a career in child welfare please contact us.  Please feel free to submit your queries and resume to the attention of:

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Human Resources

The Childrens Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk

70 Town Centre Drive

Townsend, Ontario N0A 1S0

email: lynn.tessaro@cashn.on.ca

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