Category Archives: General News

New videos highlight aspects of fostering and adoption

foster adopt logoCheck out our Foster Care webpage to watch 5 short, new videos that are intended to answer questions that people who are considering fostering or adoption often ask us. What’s the time commitment? What types of people make good foster parents? What kind of support can I expect to receive? And more. And if you have further questions, you can contact Niamh O’Flaherty, Foster and Adoption Recruitment Coordinator at 905-525-2273 or, or attend a webinar or information session.

Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony focuses on successes

Our Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony, held on June 24, 2019, was a wonderful celebration of success. We highlighted organizational achievements and challenges over the past year. Then we celebrated the recipients of our annual Bursaries and Scholarships. You can read our Annual Report, which is featured on our homepage, to learn more about the past year at CCAS of Hamilton.

ED Rocco Gizzarelli receives Italian Heritage Award of Distinction

We are honoured to share that our Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, has received an Italian Heritage Award of Distinction for his contributions to Community Development and Social Inclusion in Hamilton. The Award was presented at a ceremony hosted by the Festitalia Committee on June 4, 2019. Congratulations Rocco!

Today is Children and Youth in Care Day

Logo for Children and Youth in Care DayThis important day, proclaimed into law as the Children and Youth in Care Day Act, 2012, offers an opportunity to recognize the enormous contributions that current and former youth in care make to this province, as well as their strength, bravery and resilience in the face of adversity.

Who are children and youth in care?
They are children and youth who live in kin, foster, and group homes.
They are children and youth who are not able to live safely with their primary caregivers because of neglect and abuse.
In 2019 there are approximately 12,000 children and youth living in care in Ontario.
An average of 800 youth in care transition to adulthood and independent living every year.

Passing of Jean Vanier, Canadian Catholic theologian and humanitarian

Picture of Jean VanierWe were saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, an international federation of communities spread over 37 countries for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them.  He exemplified the kind of compassionate, authentic, faith-based and principled care that we strive to provide here in our agency. Please click here to learn more about his passing and funeral.

Ontario Ombudsman assumes responsibility for complaints and concerns

Image of Ombudsman's staffEffective May 1, the Ontario Child Advocate’s Office has been closed, and its complaint resolution function has been transferred to the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office. If you are a young person (or a person of any age) with a concern about services provided by a children’s aid society, foster home, group home or secure treatment program, you can contact the Ombudsman from May 1, 2019 onwards to have your complaint addressed or questions answered. We encourage our own service recipients to follow our complaint procedure, which you can find at this link. Visit for more information.

Easter weekend update

Our offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 22, to allow our staff to enjoy the complete Easter weekend. Any emergency issues that arise over the long weekend can be communicated to our after-hours staff at 905-522-8053. We wish everyone a happy Easter weekend!

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