Category Archives: General News

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 www.ombudsman.on.ca 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!

Remembering Rose Sazio

Rose Sazio passed away on April 6, 2019. Rose volunteered with a number of local charitable organizations, and supported the young people that we serve by establishing the Ralph and Rose Sazio Scholarship to nurture academic achievement. We are grateful for her contributions to our organization, and send sincere condolences to her family. Details can be found at https://baygardens.permavita.com/site/RoseSazio.html.

Our Legal Team feeds the hungry

Lawyers feed the hungry photoThe Hamilton Lawyers Feed the Hungry program began operating in February 2018. This program partners with Mission Services in Hamilton to serve meals to those who are vulnerable and hungry within the Hamilton community, particularly children and families. The program sponsors meals bi-weekly operating out of the Mission Services Community Kitchen, servicing 80-100 people per sitting.

Twice each month, the program covers the cost of the meal service, as well as provides the necessary volunteers to set up, serve the meal, and assist with clean up. Last week, our own Legal Team took on the responsibility of feeding the hungry, raising almost $600 and providing a hot lunch for Mission Services clients.

This program helps to reduce hunger in Hamilton and to make our community a better place. Thanks to our Legal Team for doing this important work!

Join us for an Evening in Trieste

Picture of TriestePlease join us on May 16 for a wonderful wine-tasting and dinner prepared by the Sons and Daughter of Italy, Trieste Lodge #4, with all funds raised supporting our work to help children, youth and families to be safe and to thrive. Tickets are $100 each, or $800 for a table of 8 people. The evening will start with a guided tasting of 4 wines, then a multi-course dinner with paired wines will be served. The Sons and Daughters of Italy are known for their wonderful dinners, and their long history of philanthropy in Hamilton.

To find out more or to reserve your tickets, click here.

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