It’s Foster Families Appreciation Week (October 15-21), and wow, do we ever appreciate our foster families! The consistent love and compassion that they bring to their work as foster families is truly inspiring. They embrace the unknown with faith and hope, and give children and families a chance to find happiness and fulfillment.
CCASH is in urgent need of new foster families, and has recently broadened its eligibility criteria for foster parents. Fostering is the act of bringing a child into your family and providing them with life necessities as well as emotional support during a difficult and confusing time. There are many different ways to make fostering a part of your life.
In most situations children placed in foster care are reunited with their families, once their parents’ parenting skills have been strengthened with support from CCASH and community partners. In other situations, foster care can open new doors to safety, permanency, and well-being for children whose parents remain unwilling or unable to meet their needs.
To learn more about fostering with CCASH, click here.
Speak up for kids and help raise awareness about the importance of calling Children’s Aid if you are concerned about the safety and well-being of a child. Many people worry that their call to Children’s Aid will lead to splitting up a family, however, most of the time, that is not what happens. Last year, 98% of the children we served remained in their own homes.
There are many types of child abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and exposure to domestic violence. Child neglect is also considered an equally serious child protection concern, and can be more damaging than any other kind of abuse.
Child neglect can be difficult to assess, as harm caused by the absence of something is not always readily apparent. Child neglect can be caused by the failure of parent or caregivers to meet a child’s basic needs, including food, shelter, clothing, education, supervision, medical care, and safe surroundings.
As always, if you suspect a child is being abused, you have a responsibility to call us. We will investigate the situation and determine if your suspicion is correct. Your call could be the most important in a child’s life!
Our daytime number is 905-525-2012, and our after-hours number is 905-522-8053.
It’s Kinship Week, a time to celebrate kinship families and their positive impact on the welfare of children in our community. Thank you to the 133 kin homes that were associated with our agency in 2016-2017! You are making a real difference in the lives of the children you care for!
Kinship families assume primary responsibility for raising and caring for a child that needs to leave its family for safety reasons, and can include relatives, community members, or other people who are already known to a child.
Statistics show that outcomes for children living in kin families are stronger than for those who are in foster care . This is why we explore kinship as a preferred option for children in need of care, whenever possible.
Find out more about kinship and Kinship Week through the website of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies by clicking here.
Our Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, wrote this article that appeared in The Hamilton Spectator on September 12, 2017, about youth homelessness and the need for an integrated, collaborative approach.
We are proud to be the lead agency for the Youth Housing Support Project, in partnership with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Good Shepherd Youth Services, Living Rock Ministries, and Wesley Urban Ministries — Wesley Youth Services. Through this project, over 630 youth have obtained and maintained safe and stable housing. This is something to be proud of, but as the article says, solving the problem of youth homelessness will require increased action on the part of government, communities, and all social services that impact children and youth.
The 2017 Peder Larsen Care Beyond Belief Golf Tournament was a big success! Graced by beautiful weather, the golfers had a great time, and generously supported the CCASH Child & Youth Opportunities Fund. Thanks to everyone who was involved, and congratulations to the many winners of the day, listed below.
Many thanks to our sponsors and donors; we couldn’t have done it without you! And a special thanks to the Preyra brothers – Al, Ian, and Ron — for their outstanding support, as lead corporate sponsor through Bergmanis Preyra LLP, as foursome recruiters, as silent auction donors, and as general supporters of CCASH’s work. You’ll find a list of all our sponsors at the end of this post.
To see photos of the day, visit our Facebook page at @hamiltonccas and be sure to LIKE us!
Mixed Low Score: Gasper Lipari, Jim Gladun, Kathy Wakeman, Mike Mullen
Women’s Low Score: Pat Millar, Kathy Smithson, Debbie Lapierre
Men’s Low Score: Graham Jones, Bruce Payne, John Yanch, Ken Sims
Most Honest Team: Wilma Dunn, Alice Puma, Catherine VanGemert, Jack Fernihough
Women’s Longest Drive: Andrea DeMichele
Women’s Closest to the Pin: Pat Budd
Men’s Longest Drive: Bryant Doerrsma
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Bruce Payne
Door Prize: Ron Preyra
Raffle Prize: Mindy Tweedle
Were you, or someone you know, part of the Sixties Scoop in Ontario? The term Sixties Scoop refers to the practice of taking (“scooping up”) children of Aboriginal peoples in Canada from their families for placing in foster homes or adoption beginning in the 1960s and continuing until the late 1980s.
In February 2017, the courts found that Canada had breached its common law duty of care to “take reasonable steps to prevent on-reserve Indian children in Ontario, who had been placed in the care of non-aboriginal foster or adoptive parents, from losing their aboriginal identity.”
Negotiations on a settlement are expected to commence this fall; the plaintiffs are seeking damages of $1.3 billion for the 16,000 class members.
For more information, visit www.sixtiesscoopclaim.com.
The Society, along with Family & Children’s Services Niagara and The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton recently participated in a networking conference with keynote speaker French Language Commissioner, Mr. Francois Boileau. Front page coverage of the event in Le Régional news indicates the importance of having accessible French language services available, especially for vulnerable populations.
View the full article in Le Régional here.
La Société catholique de l’aide à l’enfance fournit tous ses services en français. Pour parler à l’un des membres de notre équipe de langue française, veuillez appeler 1-855-550-3571.