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Be part of a child’s story through adoption

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The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is hosting an information session for anyone who is interested in finding out more about adoption and the adoption process. There is a high need for adoptive parents who are ready, willing, and able to meet the needs of older children, large sibling groups, or those with complex medical, developmental, and behavioural needs.

DATE: January 17, 2018

TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, 735 King St. E., Hamilton ON

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is preferred, by calling 905-525-2012 and asking for the Adoption Unit

Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, lifelong connections to flourish. Adoption is one of a number of options that Children’s Aid Societies consider when looking for lifelong connections for children in care. There is an extensive training and support network in place to assist adoptive parents in becoming prepared and confident to meet children’s needs.

All child protection services now available to 16- and 17-year-olds

youmatterposterENChildren’s Aid Societies across Ontario are now able to provide a full range of child protection services to 16- and 17-year-olds. This means that, if you are 16 or 17 years old and feel in need of support and protection, you may approach a Children’s Aid Society and voluntarily create a service agreement giving you all that is entitled to a youth in care. This also means that, if you suspect that a 16- or 17-year-old is being abused or neglected, you may choose to report this to a Children’s Aid Society and your concerns will be addressed.

We have been actively lobbying government to raise the age of protection for some time, and are very pleased to see this change take place, as it will increase the welfare of children in our community.

Provide feedback on new legislation to govern protection services for children and youth

youmatterposterENOntario has passed the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA). The legislation, once proclaimed, will put children at the centre of decision-making, and support more accountable, responsive and accessible child and youth services. It will also strengthen oversight for children’s aid societies and licensed residential services.

The Ministry has released the first phase of draft regulations/policy statements for public input. These regulations/policy statements will remain open for input until January 26, 2018.

The postings are available for review on the Ministry’s website at www.ontario.ca/yourvoicematters.

Volunteer Tutors needed for HALO Program

haloWe need volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with the children we serve in grades 1 through 8. The program takes place on Mondays in West Hamilton from 5:30 – 7:00 pm from January to the end of May. If you are interested, please click here for more information.

Another successful year for the Serendipity Auction!

860DentalOn Thursday, November 23, we hosted the 28th Annual Serendipity Auction to a packed house at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Over 400 guests enjoyed dinner, music, and shopping for unique items through our silent auctions and raffles. In the process, they raised funds to support the families, children, and youth that we serve on a daily basis. An album of photos will be posted to our Facebook page, but in the meantime, this photo of the happy staff from 860 Dental will give you a great feel for the energy in the room. Thanks to Dr. Marilyn Gregus at 860 Dental for her support of the Auction!

It’s not too late to come to the Serendipity Auction!

page1This Thursday, November 23, is our 28th Annual Serendipity Auction. The theme this year is The Nutcracker. Enjoy a light supper while mingling amidst the fantasy and glamour of Nutcracker-themed décor and bidding on an incredible array of silent auction items, including Chairman’s Suite Raptors tickets, platinum tickets to see Shakira at the Air Canada Centre, and our Christmas Grand Prize which includes “All you need for Christmas”, plus more! With over 200 prizes and gift baskets available, you could get all your Christmas shopping done while supporting the work we do for families, children and youth in Hamilton! How great is that?! For more information about tickets and event details, click here.

Important Announcement for Former Crown Wards

Were you a Crown Ward in Ontario at any time from the period January 1, 1966 until March 30, 2017? 

If so, you may be a class member in the class action which has now been certified by the court.  The lawsuit seeks money (damages) and other benefits for class members.

 

Class Members are automatically included in the class action, unless they take steps to exclude themselves (opt out) by March 11, 2018.  If you want to stay in the class action, do not opt out.

  • If you opt out, you will not be part of the lawsuit and you will not be able to share in any money or any other benefit obtained for the class if the lawsuit is successful.
  • This lawsuit does not impact your ability to seek compensation now from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board or from any other person other than the Province of Ontario.

 

Visit https://kmlaw.ca/cases/crown-ward-class-action/ to get more information about this class action and your rights, or contact ocwclassaction@kmlaw.ca,  1(877)739-8936.

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