Tickets are still available for our annual Serendipity Auction. The theme for this year’s event is The Nutcracker. A light supper is served while guests mingle amidst the fantasy and glamour of Nutcracker-themed décor and bid on a wide range of silent auction items. All funds raised will support the programs and services provided by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton for the well-being of children, youth and families in Hamilton.
We are grateful to the Diocese of Hamilton for its support as a Presenting Sponsor.
Through a partnership with the Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts, guests will have an opportunity to meet performers and view costumes from their upcoming Nutcracker production.
Please click here for more information about this very special event.
Adoption Awareness Month raises awareness about the importance of permanency and life-long connections for children and youth. The primary goal of all Children’s Aid Societies is to support children to live safely with their family of origin. When that is not possible, CASs look for an alternate family, preferably known to the child, who can provide a safe, nurturing, and loving environment in which the child can grow up and flourish.
It continues to be challenging to find families 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. Could you be part of a child’s story? Click here to find out more about adopting through the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton.
The month of October was Child Abuse Prevention Month, with October 24 as its key event day, Dress Purple Day. Students, teachers, child and youth workers, and many other people who care about child welfare across Ontario wore purple to raise awareness about how it takes a village to keep kids safe. You can see photos on twitter by searching the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence. Schools across Hamilton also delivered age-appropriate lessons to their students about the signs and prevention of child abuse.
We were happy to work with the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, Le Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Le Conseil scolaire MonAvenir, the Hamilton Police Service, and the City of Hamilton which lit City Hall purple on the evening of October 24.
Our Christmas Hamper program is up and running! Every year, we find out what items the families and youth in our care would like to receive for Christmas, and we match them with an individual or group from the community who puts together a personalized Christmas Hamper. Our clients enjoy the gifts they receive, and they also appreciate the love and compassion that goes into each Hamper. Please consider putting together a Hamper, or contributing toys and gift cards that can be included in a Hamper. Contact Lisa at 905-525-2012 x. 3256 or at Lisa.Hostein@hamiltonccas.on.ca
It is our honour to recognize the inspiring contributions that our foster parents make to the welfare of children and youth in our community. At our annual recognition dinner on October 20, we will say thank you to all our foster parents, with a special acknowledgement of those who have reached a milestone in their years of service. And we will say goodbye to some of our retiring foster parents.
Foster parents know a lot about saying goodbye and how challenging it can be. However, foster mom Elizabeth Jackson reminds us that, “Our goal is the reunification of families whenever possible. Our mission is to help, guide and provide support to families in need. There is no greater joy than seeing a family reunited.”
We are always in need of new foster parents, and happy to speak with anyone who has an interest to help them decide if fostering is for them. Contact Marden Hewitt at 905-525-2273 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.