of services are provided in the child or youth's own home
of protection workers are
co-located in the Halton community
As Our Kids Network reminds Halton families to celebrate our strengths on Family Day, the United Nations is reminding people around the world to recognize the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF).
Elena DiBattista, director of Our Kids Network, says the three IYF themes, although considered global issues, resonate loudly within Halton. They are confronting family poverty, ensuring work-family balance, and advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity within families and communities.
“According to the Halton Youth Parent Survey, the majority of local parents have very high levels of Family Assets,” she says. “These are the everyday interactions, values, skills and relationships families use to help them thrive. There’s always more work to do, of course. We must continue to support families as they build on their strengths and resiliency.”
Family Day in Ontario is Monday, February 17th. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to everyone in our community. There are many types of families— single-parent, two-parent, foster, adoptive, same-sex, heterosexual—and each one is unique.
At the Halton Children’s Aid Society, we strongly believe children and youth belong at home and we do everything we can to keep families together. We work with parents, caregivers and other organizations to build a safe, strong community. In fact, we have now been doing so for 100 years—2014 marks a milestone for the Society, A Century of Caring and More!
This Family Day we want to thank all the foster, kin and adoptive families who have cared for our children and youth and helped them create lifelong connections.