Halton Children's Aid Society
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Everybody Has Somebody Somewhere

The theme of the Society’s 2020-21 Annual Report – Everybody has Somebody Somewhere – speaks to our belief in the right of every child to have at least one person (hopefully many people) to love and care for them their entire life.

Over the past year, our Society joined other child and family serving organizations in Halton Region implementing a Pandemic Response Plan. Typical of the Halton community, agencies across our region shared their pandemic plans, strategies, and resources with one another, keeping a clear focus on the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families.

This context makes all the more impressive the achievements of the Halton CAS over the past year. We continued to connect with children and families, forged new relationships, maintained strong connections with our youth in care, all while balancing personal circumstances created by the pandemic.

Our gradual adjustment to the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the work to continue on key programs and priorities. This cannot be stressed enough. Our staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and foster, kin and adoptive caregivers pivoted from a COVID-19 crisis response to prioritizing services to children, youth and families within a stressed and confined environment.

Child welfare is a highly personal and intense type of work, one which requires our staff to conduct much of the work in person. Often, our staff were the only professionals actually seeing children, youth and families in person – and they did this with great sensitivity and caring! This dedication distinguishes our agency and we are very proud of, and grateful to, our staff.

This year will also stand out as one in which horrifying incidents and examples of racist violence, genocide, and colonial legacy in Canada and other countries shone a stark light on systemic racism and white supremacy. Our agency redoubled its commitment to inclusion, respect and dignity in our work and in ourselves. We continued on our journey toward diversity, equity and inclusion, acknowledging the strides we have made this year with humility, knowing we have so much farther to go. We continued to implement the recommendations in our equity environmental scan, leading the work where we could while humbly listening to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) staff, community members, and leaders for guidance to move us forward.

As we look to the year ahead, we are enthusiastically preparing for Child Welfare Redesign in Ontario. The Halton CAS has much to contribute to a change agenda built on community collaboration, service integration, and early help. We will continue to support our youth in care and youth in the community to achieve their dreams. We will continue to work with community partners to provide culturally appropriate and family driven services, keeping children out of care and engaging the natural assets of the community in our work.

We gratefully acknowledge Chief Stacey Laforme for his gracious permission that we could share his beautiful poem on Reconciliation as part of our annual message. Miigwech, Chief Laforme. We look forward to many more good discussions with you on ways we can deepen our relationship.

Inside this Annual Report you will find stories of connection, reunion, re-engagement, and relationship all in support of finding that ‘somebody’! Please enjoy the stories as well as some of the key facts and figures we are proud to report for this year.

Emad Elsayed (Board Chair)       Janice Robinson (Executive Director)

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Burlington Office 1445 Norjohn Court Burlington, ON L7L 0E6
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