On Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 31, Bell will donate funds towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. This initiative has raised millions in support of mental health initiatives in Canada, and has given us all an opportunity to fight the culture of silence that surrounds mental illness in our society. Find out more at https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day.
You’ll want to attend this meeting if you are a service provider, advocate, educator, social worker, parent and anyone else who has had experience with Black children aged 6 to 11 who have demonstrated or experienced challenges with self-regulation and/or disruptive behaviour. Provide input into the adaptation of the SNAP Program for Black and African Canadian Kids on February 17, from 4-7 pm, at the Afro-Caribbean Community Association, 423 King St. E., Hamilton. Register at www.snapbackids.weebly.com.
The facilitators will share an overview of the SNAP® Program. You will share your experience and knowledge about Black children age 6 to 11 and provide your input into how the program materials could be adapted from a cultural identity and anti-Black racism lens. Dinner will be provided.
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.
Children’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.
Ontario 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.
We 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.
On 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!