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Protecting Children

Child protection is our ultimate responsibility where a child has been harmed or is threatened with physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or neglect.

Foster Care

Become a foster parent and brighten a child’s life with a temporary caring and supportive family environment.

Adoption

Adoption offers children and families the opportunity for permanence and families to experience all of the rewards that come with parenting a child.

Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton

Protecting children from neglect and abuse remains our top priority. Providing supports to families trying to meet the needs of their children, despite many personal and economic hardships, is an ongoing challenge for staff and volunteers. Meeting the many and varied needs of children in care is foremost in the minds of foster and adoptive parents. Many of our family services flourish because of the added contribution of caring volunteers.

News & Notices


Duty to Report. Help Protect Children in our Community

The Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton (CCASH) is calling on the community to help protect children from fear, harm and violence, and to support families in crisis. CCASH is spreading the message that child safety and family welfare depend on the involvement of the community. It is every Ontarian’s responsibility to protect children, the most vulnerable members of our community, and report any suspicion that a child may be in need of protection. Our focus is on building awareness of the signs of child abuse and neglect and the role of the community in reporting any concern that a child may ...

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YES, YOU CAN. DISPELLING THE MYTHS ABOUT SHARING INFORMATION WITH CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETIES.

All too often, a professional may become aware of a risk of harm to a child, but does not report that suspicion to a children’s aid society (CAS) based on the unfounded belief that “privacy” prevents them from doing so. The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario have worked together to develop this resource to clarify some common misunderstandings about privacy. CASs operate under the authority of the Child and Family Services Act. This act and its regulations give them broad duties and powers relating to the protection of children, including the authority to ...

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Former CCASH Board Member Vito Colella named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals

Vito Colella is one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals and it’s not hard to see why. From the moment he set foot in Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School, Colella has been focused on creating a safe, inclusive and caring school community where the needs of students are always put first, vouch his award nominators, Catholic School Council Chair Kristal Bozzo, Principal Intern Debbie Medeiros, and past Catholic School Council Chair Daiana Eberts. Whether through gender-specific interventions, mental health supports, digital learning technologies, regular and transparent communications, parent engagement strategies, student success incentives, professional development opportunities, student voice activities, health and safety ...

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Adoption – One Way That God Creates Families

When Neli adopted her six-year-old son Jaxon through the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCASH) three years ago, the bond between the two of them was immediate and strong. So much so that Jaxon, then in Grade 1, would cling to her desperately when she dropped him off at school. “He would freak out and not want me to leave him,” Neli recalls. After speaking to his teacher, Neli discovered that Jaxon’s birth mother had often forgot him at school, neglecting to pick him up at the end of the day. Instead of engaging in a battle of wills to ...

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Fostering – Do You Have Room in Your Heart and Home for One More

Lori Sajder knows more than most people about the positive impact foster parents can have on a child’s life. Forty-five years ago she was placed in a foster home herself after being born to a teenage mother who was unable to raise her. Lori was soon adopted into a loving home but she never forgot the fact that there was a family there to nurture her in those first crucial days of her life. Today, Lori is a mom to four biological children ranging in age from seven to nineteen. She’s also a foster mother who, along with her husband, Steve, ...

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