Celebrating the Role of Foster Families in the Lives of Children and Youth in Care
October 19-25, 2014 is Foster Family Week and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), along with Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), are celebrating the vital role of foster families in the lives of children and youth in care.
Mary Ballantyne, Executive Director of the OACAS today said:“Foster parents provide stability to children during a difficult time in their life and a caring home that encourages growth and development. Foster Family Week reminds us of the dedication, love and commitment of foster families to the children and youth in CAS care, while serving as a reminder of the need for suitable families to come forward and foster teens and sibling groups.”
Winch Group, OPP helping First Nations youngsters
New and gently used sporting equipment and monetary donations will be accepted when a local company hold its annual community equipment drive.For the fifth straight year the Winch Group Benefits Consultants Inc. of Burlington will transport trailers filled with used sporting equipment to remote northern Ontario First Nations reserves to benefit young people. Trailers are provided by the Ontario Provincial Police.
Equipment and funds will be collected by volunteers Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mainway Arena, 4015 Mainway, near Walker’s Line in Burlington.All corporate donations and proceeds from the barbecue on the day of the drive will be directed to the Halton Children’s Aid Society to help fund sport and extra-curricular activities for local children in need.
Thousands of pieces of used sporting equipment have been donated to the cause since the program’s inception.Participation in sport and recreation at a young age builds confidence and self-esteem, studies show.