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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Did you know a phone call to Children’s Aid can prevent abuse?


October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and the Halton Children’s Aid Society (Halton CAS) will highlight how calls from the community play a vital role in preventing child abuse in Ontario. Last year over 171,000 Ontarians reached out to Children’s Aid with concerns about the safety of a child, an indication of the extent to which the community safety net is working. In Halton, we received over 4,400 requests for services and completed over 2,000 investigations.


But leading child welfare researchers say there needs to be more education about what a referral to Children’s Aid means because many people feel guilty after they make that call. “There is a public misconception about what child welfare services do,” says Nico Trocmé, Director of the School of Social Work at McGill University. “People are concerned that Children’s Aid Societies are child snatchers. They do not realize connecting to Children’s Aid means getting access to a level of in-home, on-site services that no other social service will provide the way Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) do.”

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