of services are provided in the child or youth's own home
of protection workers are
co-located in the Halton community
'It was so hard living in poverty'
“I hated poverty,” said Sharon (not her real name), a single mother from Milton who fled an abusive relationship with her two children. “I was living by the penny, saving up to pay for rent, not eating so that my kids could eat, hoping McDonald’s would have a free toy for them. It was so hard living in poverty. I hated it.”
She is not alone.
Angela is a mother of three. As a child, she grew up in poverty and was determined to make her life better come adulthood. However, her dream of escaping the cycle of poverty would be just that — a dream.
According to the Halton Poverty Roundtable, 19.5 per cent of single parent families live in poverty, along with 21 per cent of single people and 5.6 per cent of couple families. Throughout the country, nearly one in five children lives in poverty, reports Campaign 2000, the cross-Canada public education movement to build awareness and support for the House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.
Our Kids Network joins international campaign to recognize children’s rights
On November 20th each year, International Children’s Day is celebrated around the world to recognize the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As one of Halton Region’s foremost champions for children, youth and families, Our Kids Network is encouraging everyone to learn more about the Convention and talk to children about the rights they share with children around the world.
In 1993, the Canadian government proclaimed November 20th as National Child Day to commemorate the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the UN adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. It means that Canada is committed to ensuring young people are treated with respect, have a voice, are protected from harm and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Elena DiBattista is director of Our Kids Network. She says the Convention is a powerful document that needs to be shared. “The Convention reminds everyone, from children themselves, to members of the community, to governments, that children are vulnerable and deserve our attention, respect and care. It covers everything from the right to be protected from abuse, to the right to education, to the right to be heard.”