of our work is completed
at intake

Board Chair/Executive Director Message

This year’s Annual Report highlights our uniqueness in providing Child Welfare services. It focuses on early help, helping children, youth and families along the way and permanency.

We are anticipating changes to the Child and Family Services Act and are encouraged that it will acknowledge prevention is part of our mandate. The Halton Children’s Aid Society is a leader in providing early help services with 89% of our work completed at intake. We excel at providing prevention services because of our collaborative, community-based service delivery model.

Ninety-one percent of our community protection staff work in community placements such as schools, hubs, counselling agencies and the police service. Being active participants in the Our Kids Network, we reach out to all families living in our region.

Many of the children/youth we serve are exposed to trauma that leads to relationship issues. Research shows trauma in caregiver/child relationships that remains untreated has negative, long-term effects on health and well-being. Our vulnerable children, youth and families need responses that are attachment-focused, trauma-informed, relationship-based and resiliency-focused. We are working to achieve the essential elements of becoming a trauma-informed Child Welfare agency and have hired a Clinical Manager to provide leadership and expertise to organizational and community learning.

Our children and youth in care numbers are declining as our work on permanency intensifies. We ended this fiscal year with our lowest number of children/youth in care (119)—a shout out to our resource parents who are true partners in helping our children and youth find permanency.

Permanency is about forever homes and lifelong connections. Last year, 18 youth aged out of care and the majority did so without family connections. It is our intent to do better. We have added a Family Finding position that will assist workers in connecting children and youth to their families and kin.

We are also participating in a new initiative called Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. This program, sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, provides funding for experienced adoption professionals to move children and youth from foster care into permanent homes. The focus is on children/youth that are hard to place. We have one worker in our agency who recruits Forever Families for Halton, Guelph/Wellington and Dufferin.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has agreed to increase the age of protection from 16 to 18 years in the fall. As we prepare to provide services to this group, we are fortunate to have the experience of our Bridging the Gap program, which currently provides services to youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

In this time of accelerated change, we are proud we have remained focused on improved service delivery and better outcomes for children, youth and families.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Leadership Team, we thank our staff, resource parents, volunteers, community partners, YouthSAID Advisory Group and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton.


Paul Bartu (Board Chair)          Nancy MacGillivray (Executive Director)

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