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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 to get more information about this class action and your rights, or contact,  1(877)739-8936.

Reserve your place at the 28th Annual Serendipity Auction on November 23, 2017

Serendipity InviteTickets 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.

November is Adoption Awareness Month

AAM-Logo-Banner-permanency-page-FINAL-1024x422Adoption 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.

Dress Purple Day and Child Abuse Prevention Month effective in spreading the word

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.




Share your holiday cheer with a family in need!

Gifts and Christmas tree in a basket..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

Foster Parent Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 20, 2017

jasonJohnsonBlogIt 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


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