News & Notices

Welcome to our new Foster Parent/Adoption Recruitment Coordinator!

This is Niamh (pronounced Neeve) O’Flaherty, our new Foster Parent/Adoption Recruitment Coordinator. For anyone who is considering becoming a foster or adoptive parent, Niamh is the person to contact. She will happily talk with you about what’s involved in fostering or adopting a child, can answer your questions, and can help you to determine what the best next step might be for you. She can be reached at niamh.oflaherty@hamiltonccas.on.ca or (905) 525-2273.

February is Black History Month!

Black History Month is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate African-Canadian culture and its contributions to Canadian society. The official launch of Hamilton’s celebration takes place on Friday, February 2, 2018 at City Hall. There will be special programs and events throughout Hamilton for the month. The Hamilton Public Library offers many different programs, and you can find a complete list at http://www.hpl.ca/season/all/black-history-month. Here at CCASH, Black History Month is an opportunity for staff learning and reflection about anti-black …Read More

Ogwadeni:deo now providing all child welfare services for Six Nations

In the midst of national conversations about the need for changes in the way that Indigenous children, youth and families interact with the child welfare system, it’s wonderful to see that Ogwadeni:deo has successfully completed the child welfare designation process. This means that Six Nations will be served by an Indigenous agency, providing culturally appropriate child welfare services. We were delighted to host 4 staff from Ogwadeni:deo in the fall for a month of learning and sharing, and look forward …Read More

Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31

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.

Meeting – Adapting the SNAP Program for Black and African Canadian Kids

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 …Read More

Be part of a child’s story through adoption

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., …Read More

All child protection services now available to 16- and 17-year-olds

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 …Read More

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