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Halton Children's Aid Society celebrates 100 years of service

This year the Halton Children’s Aid Society celebrates 100 years of service and a lot has changed over the years. For one, the original founding meeting was held in 1914 in the Sunday school room at Knox Presbyterian Church in Milton and went under the name Children’s Aid Society of the Counties of Peel and Halton. Now, in 2014 it also has a location in Milton as well as Burlington and its current title is the Halton Children’s Aid Society, but there’s been more than just a change in locale and a new name.

According to Executive Director Nancy MacGillivray, one of its major changes is its focus on kinship connection. “We look for relatives that may want to find a permanent home for them. Not just in Halton, but across Canada. We’ve done a much better job of family finding,” she said. “We search high and low for relatives; we didn’t do much of that in the past.”

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Recognizing the Strength, Bravery and Resilience of Children and Youth in Care

May 14, 2014 is the first annual Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario

To mark the first official Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario on May 14th, the Halton Children’s Aid Society is joining with other agencies across the province to celebrate the strength and determination that children and youth in care demonstrate in the face of adversity.

The focus of child welfare work is to ensure children and youth are safe. If it is unsafe for a child or youth to remain at home due to physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect, they come into the care of a children’s aid society. When this happens, we provide support so they can be reunited with their family, if and when possible.

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Families are major contributors to positive and healthy communities

Our Kids Network is joining the United Nations’ call to observe International Day of Families on May 15, 2014 by drawing attention to how families make Halton a positive and healthy place for children and youth.

“Families are not only central to the positive development and success of children and youth but also to safe and thriving communities,”says Elena DiBattista, director of Our Kids Network.

According to the Halton Youth Parent Survey, the majority of local parents have very high levels of Family Assets. These are the everyday interactions, values, skills and relationships families use to help them be strong and resilient. These assets can translate into greater involvement of family members in schools and the community.

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Milton Family Fun Run set for June 1

The Milton Family Fun Run, which supports the Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton, will be held on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Designed to bring Milton families together in support of the foundation, the event also encourages a healthy, active lifestyle.

There will be a 5-km run/walk and a 1-km Tot-Trot at the Milton Fair Grounds from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. In addition, there will be activities at the kid zone area.

Strollers and walkers are welcomed, but organizers said dogs aren’t able to participate due to safety concerns of other participants.

Online registration continues until noon on Saturday at www.miltonfamilyfunrun.ca.

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Let’s not repeat a tragedy this summer

As we head into the summer of 2014, it’s a good time to get an early jump on hot weather safety.

Local officials aren’t wasting any time on that note — not after a few summers in which residents were aghast to learn of children and pets being left in hot vehicles.

The deadly mix resulted in tragic consequences last year in Halton when a young Milton boy lost his life and another Oakville child was found in a perilous position.

This year, the Halton Children’s Aid Society (CAS) is out early in issuing warning and safety tips this season. The CAS is reminding people the temperature inside a parked vehicle can climb to more than 50 C in 10-20 minutes on a typical Canadian summer day.

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