On November 17, 2008, the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk kicks off it’s Christmas Wishes campaign with the assistance and support of CD 98.9 FM and Aitken Motors in Simcoe. Embrace the spirit of Christmas by helping a child in your community this year.
Here’s how you can help:
During the months of November and December, listen to CD 98.9, who will be announcing the Christmas wishes of disadvantaged children from Haldimand and Norfolk. If you are interested in pledging a gift you heard about on air, contact the station.
It has been recommended that gift donations do not exceed $50.00. Gifts can be dropped off at Aitken Motors at 51 Queensway East, Simcoe, Ontario.
Since the beginning of the Christmas Wishes program, the Children’s Society of Haldimand and Norfolk and it’s partners, CD 98.9 and Aitken Motors have made the Christmas wishes of over 200 children come true each year in Haldimand and Norfolk counties.
We would like to thank the genorosity of all those that have helped in the past and encourage you to help a child and family experience a happy holiday this year.
The goal of LIFT is to ensure that youth are given every opportunity to develop the skills which will enable them to function successfully within society.
In conjunction with the Child Protection Worker, Youth Services Workers develop specific, goal oriented plans of service for youth pursuing independence, focusing on enpowering youth with the skills and tools necessary for a successful transition from care to independence.
Youth Services Workers provide intensive and proactive services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy and one on one support.
LIFT hosts workshops throughout the year which provide specific information about a number of independence skills such as a seminar on budgeting.
LIFT also hosts holiday dinners for youth and former Crown Wards who live independently. These events provide youth with the opportunity to share a meal with their CAS family and network with each other.
When children cannot be cared for by their parents or guardians, the next best placement for them is within their extended family or their community network. The Society seeks extended family (kin) or members of the child’s community to provide safe, nurturing, alternate living arrangements for children and young people at risk of neglect or abuse. This reduces stress for children coming into care, maintains family and community ties and increases the likelihood of the child’s reunification with his/her primary family.
Kinship service is support provided for children not in CAS care, but who are living with kin as they are unable to remain with their family due to protection concerns. If you believe there is a situation where you could help as a kinship caregiver, please contact the Society. A screening process will be completed to assess your home environment and whether you and those you live with can provide care and a safe home environment for a child experiencing difficulty at home.
Kinship care is provided for children who are in the care of the Society and are placed with a member of their extended family or community member who may have a significant relationship with the child. These families are assessed the same as foster or adoptive caregiver applicants and are required to successfully complete a Home Study process, as well as attend training. Kinship care families receive ongoing agency support to assist them in caring for the child.
Customary care is part of the continuum of care options for Aboriginal children. It incorporates the unique traditions and customs of each First Nation. It is a traditional method of caring for children, premised on the belief that a child is a sacred gift from the Creator and as such is the collective responsibility of the community. Customary Care Agreements are used when protections concerns in a family require out-of-home placement.