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November 16, 2017 / Current News Category

Class Action on Behalf of Crown Wards

Were you a Crown ward at any time from the period January 1, 1966 until March 30, 2017? If so, you may be a class member in the class action which has now been certified by the court. The lawsuit seeks money (damages) and other benefits for class members. Please visit https://kmlaw.ca/cases/crown-ward-class-action/ to get more information about this class action and your rights, or contact us at ocwclassaction@kmlaw.ca or 1 (877) 739-8936.
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November 14, 2017 / Current News Category

National Child Day is Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Kids Network joins national campaign focused on a child’s right to be safe. Every year, the United Nations promotes children’s rights and welfare by recognizing Universal Children’s Day on November 20th. Here in Halton, Our Kids Network and its partners use the occasion to encourage everyone to think about and discuss children’s rights in our community and around the world.
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November 5, 2017 / Current News Category

November is Adoption Awareness Month

During November, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario are promoting Adoption Awareness Month to raise awareness about the importance of life-long relationships for children and youth in care. Adoption is one of a range of permanency options CASs consider when making decisions about the best setting for a child or youth. Other permanency options include kinship service, kinship care, customary care, legal custody, and transition to adulthood.
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November 3, 2017 / Current News Category

Bikes for Kids Program – PACEperformance

2017 marks the 13th year of the Bikes for Kids program by PACEperformance. Each year PACEperformance strives to give a...
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October 27, 2017 / Current News Category

Don’t neglect reporting cases of child neglect

No one should hesitate to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. That’s the all-important message the Children’s Aid Society of Halton is looking to drive home to residents this month. As October is Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s an especially timely message that should go without saying. But what constitutes neglect? A child who is neglected, according to the Children’s Aid Society of Halton, is one whose vital needs aren’t consistently met. That could mean poor nutrition, lack of attention, hygiene or unattended physical and medical needs. “From a child welfare perspective, neglect is a concern because it ultimately affects a child’s ability to thrive,” explained Mary Ballantyne, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS).
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October 19, 2017 / Current News Category

Children’s Aid Societies and schools across the province DRESS PURPLE on October 24 to support Child Abuse Prevention Month

On Tuesday October 24th, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) and key partners will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a provincial DRESS PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a community to prevent child abuse. The provincial hashtag for the campaign is #IBREAKthesilence. This year, hundreds of schools across the province will be using specialized classroom resources developed by OACAS to support teachers to engage in conversations about safety and well-being with students from JK to Grade 5. The resources are also intended to support schools in their participation in DRESS PURPLE DAY.
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October 15, 2017 / Current News Category

Foster Family Week – October 15-21, 2017

Foster Family Week highlights the critical role foster families play in the safety and well-being of children and youth. When children and youth cannot remain at home due to safety concerns, the preferred option is to place them with their immediate or extended family, or a member of their community. If that is not possible, foster care may be the best alternative.
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October 12, 2017 / Current News Category

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

We want to thank the City of Burlington, ON for proclaiming October as Child Abuse Prevention Month and October 24, 2017 as Dress Purple Day in the City of Burlington.
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October 1, 2017 / Current News Category

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Your call to Children’s Aid could be the most important in a child or youth’s life

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year the Halton Children’s Aid Society is joining the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies to raise awareness about the importance of calling Children’s Aid with concerns about the safety or well-being of a child or youth. This year’s campaign specifically highlights the devastating impact neglect—which is classified as a type of abuse—can have on a child or youth. “A child who is neglected is consistently not having their vital needs met. That could mean poor nutrition, lack of attention to hygiene or unattended physical and medical needs,” says Mary Ballantyne, CEO of OACAS. “From a child welfare perspective, neglect is a concern because it ultimately affects a child’s ability to thrive.”
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September 26, 2017 / Current News Category

Sports equipment drive boosts Halton CAS, First Nations youth

The Winch Group is kicking off hockey season with its eighth Annual Community Sports Equipment Drive. The initiative, which supports First Nations youth and the Halton Children’s Aid Society, collects gently-used sporting equipment that is distributed to young people in need. Last year, items were packed into OPP trailers and transported to Wasauksing First Nation in Parry Sound, as well as Shawanaga First Nation, Henvey Inlet First Nation, and Magnetawan First Nation. Gear was also flown into Neskantaga First Nation. Organizers are looking for hockey gear, bicycles, and other athletic items. They can be dropped off at the Mainway Recreation Centre parking lot at 4015 Mainway (east of Walkers Line) in Burlington on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the equipment drive, email Lindsay Webb at l.webb@swinchgroup.com or visit www.winchgroup.com/community-outreach.
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August 29, 2017 / Current News Category

September Family Night Social – Halton Families for Families

Halton Families for Families September Family Night Social will take place in Acton and is going to be full of...
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August 24, 2017 / Current News Category

Back-to-School Drive in Full Force

Our fundraising arm, the Children's Aid Foundation of Halton (CAFH), is in full swing with this year's Back-to-School drive for...
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August 22, 2017 / Current News Category

Take the STING out of Back-to-School

Make the first day of school sweet. Please consider the children and youth who are supported by the Children’s Aid...
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July 17, 2017 / Current News Category

You’re The Chef!

Good-bye Fast and Processed Foods: Learning to Cook from Scratch! By Jennifer Jenkins-Scott, Health Promoter, Healthy Families Division of Halton Region Health Department When was the last time you made a meal from scratch? A whole meal, prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs? Parents today are so busy that they often rely on fast or processed foods for ease and convenience. But the trade-off is that these foods are much higher in fat, sugar and salt. Eating these types of foods frequently can put children at risk of developing chronic diseases. There is also a lost opportunity for family time together in the kitchen and for children to learn the enjoyment and skill of cooking. Research has shown that improving children’s food skills in the kitchen results in higher vegetable and fruit consumption for the whole family! “Our Kids Eat Well”, a new Our Kids Network work group with a focus on promoting healthy eating in fun and interesting ways, has launched “You’re the Chef!”
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April 28, 2017 / Current News Category

National Volunteer Week

April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week. In 2017, volunteering comes in many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself. Someone who shovels their neighbour’s laneway or who brings a lost pet to the animal shelter is helping to build a stronger community. Sometimes we miss recognizing these people as volunteers because they do not occupy a formal role within an organization or group.
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April 24, 2017 / Current News Category

Lowe’s Canada Heroes Program

Since their inception in Canada, Lowe’s Canada has been a very active supporter of various national and local causes to help strengthen the communities in which they operate. That means lending a helping hand in times of need, which is the ultimate goal of the Lowe’s Canada Heroes program.
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