News & Notices

October 24 is Ontario Dress Purple Day

Wear Purple on October 24 to raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. On Ontario Dress Purple Day,  children’s aid societies across the province join together with our key partners, Boards of Education, schools, and child care centres and homes, to share this positive message that help is available and to celebrate the community that cares for …Read More

65th Anniversary Mass this Sunday, October 21 at 4 pm

Sunday, October 21 at 4 pm, our agency’s 65th anniversary will be recognized at a special Anniversary Mass, led by Bishop Crosby, at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, at 714 King St. W. All are invited to attend. A reception will follow the Mass, at which we will be launching a commemorative publication, entitled 65 Years of Brighter Futures. Click here to find out more about this special event.  

Cannabis legalization: keeping kids safe

Cannabis legalization arrives today, making it legal for individuals 19 years of age and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis in Ontario.  As a child welfare organization, keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth, and keeping kids safe, is of utmost importance. Check out our webpage on this issue, for more information and resources.

Our October newsletter is available!

The October edition of Brighter Futures is now available on our Recent Publications webpage at  If you would like to receive this newsletter in your inbox, please click on this link and you will be taken to a sign-up page. We always welcome feedback and input into our newsletter. Please contact Jennifer Kaye, Communications Coordinator, with any comments.

October 14 – 20 is Foster Family Appreciation Week!

We recognize the inspiring contributions of our foster families during National Foster Family Appreciation Week. At our annual Foster Parent Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 19, all our foster families will be thanked, and special recognition will be given to those who have reached milestone years of service, including special recognition of foster parent Rita Mooney for 50 years of service! Rita received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foster Parents Society of Ontario earlier this year, in recognition of …Read More

September 25 is Franco-Ontarian Day!

This annual celebration of francophone culture in Ontario is meaningful for us, as we pursue designation under the French Language Services Act of Ontario, acknowledging our ongoing commitment to provide French-language service on an active, permanent basis. Click here to find out more about official celebrations in Hamilton.  Cette célébration annuelle de la culture francophone en Ontario nous tient à cœur, car nous sommes en voie d’obtenir notre désignation officielle en vertu de la Loi sur les services en français …Read More

September 24 – 29 is Kinship Week!

Kinship Week is an opportunity to build awareness about the value of kinship care for children and youth. Kinship is a living arrangement in which a child that needs to leave its family for safety reasons lives with someone who is known to the family – relatives, friends, neighbours, teachers, etc. In Ontario, approximately 25% of children and youth needing out-of-home placements are living with kin. This percentage is growing every year. It’s also an opportunity for us to thank …Read More

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