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Dustin Glass Memorial Bursary

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Remembering Dustin Korey Glass:

Dustin was a youth on Extended Care and Maintenance who passed away in May, 2009 as the result of a tragic car accident. He was eighteen years old.

Dustin faced many struggles in his young life which he began to overcome when he enrolled in the General Education Development program at Fanshawe College.

At the request of Dustin’s family, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk has established the “Dustin Glass Memorial Bursary” to honour Dustin’s memory.

This award is granted to five youth in care who are living independently and have graduated from high school.

The awards will be presented at The Children’s Aid Society’s Annual General Meeting each year beginning in 2010.

If you wish to make a donation please contact the Society at (519) 587-5437 or toll free at 1-888-CAS-KIDS (227-5437).


Many thanks to Lynn Valley Lions

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Pictured above: Brenda Hunt, Volunteer Coordinator (The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk) and Steve Sterczer (Lynn Valley Lions)

The Society extends its appreciation and thanks to the Lynn Valley Lions Club who have been supporting the Annual Child and Youth Christmas party by purchasing toys for children and youth in care.

Lynn Valley is part of a small group of organizations that have been assisting the Society with the Child and Youth Christmas party for several years. Other regular contributors include Laidlaw Carriers and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Simcoe.

Pat Jarrett from the Lions Club stated, “We have been supplying toys (for the party) for at least 8 years. We know that there is a need in our community and we like to focus on children and youth. We set aside funds from our budget that is assisted by events such as our Ice Cream Fest on the second weekend of July.”

The Society is honoured to work with such caring community partners who strive to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.


Caledonia Brothers Demonstrate the Gift of Giving

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“We felt that older teens were often neglected at Christmas”

With the help of their parents, Jake (11) and Andrew (5) Poirier wanted to make a difference in their community. The two brothers presented The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk with a package of gift cards to be given to teens in care of the Society during the Child and Youth Christmas Party on November 29, 2009.

The brothers were able to purchase gift cards with savings from their allowances and support from their parents.

“We felt that older teens were often neglected at Christmas but are the ones that need the most help. It was a decision made by the entire family,” the children’s mother reported.

The Poirier family, who reside in Caledonia, have a history of helping others in the community through their support of local food drives and the Living Rock outreach programs.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wish to extend our gratitude and thanks to the Poirier family for helping children and youth at Christmas. If you wish to help children and youth in care of the Society, please call 1-888-227-5437 or (519) 587-5437, locally.


Adopt a child or youth from your community

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Adopt a child or youth from The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk

News Release:
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.


OACAS and ACO launch Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario

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 PRESS CONFERENCE:

 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.


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