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- Our Stories
- Meet Lynn, a Halton CAS Supervisor
- Meet Yolanda, a Community Protection Worker
- Meet Gail, a Community Protection Worker
- Meet Kim, a client
- Meet Graham, a client
- Meet Colin, a stakeholder
- Meet Tracy, a Family Support Worker
- Meet Rabab, a Case Worker
In 2010, Lynn took on the challenge of introducing the Signs of Safety model to the Halton CAS. “Signs of Safety is a case conferencing model that brings people——staff, families, children, whoever is invested in the welfare of the child——to the table to help develop a safety plan for the child(ren). Those at the table are people who will help us hold the person or people endangering a child accountable for the safety of the child.
Yolanda has been a community protection worker with the Halton CAS for over five years. She works at Woodview Children’s Centre, a children’s mental health centre that addresses parent-adolescent conflict. Woodview also has an intensive in-home program: workers go into the home with complex needs children. For parents of children receiving services at Woodview, Yolanda is the single Halton CAS contact person—and that goes for Woodview staff as well. Any file with a Woodview connection goes to Yolanda. She says being posted at Woodview keeps her in touch with the children’s needs.
Gail is a community protection worker based at the Our Kid’s Network Milton Hub at a community school. Her role includes responding to referrals in the surrounding community, the school and the Vanier Centre for Women, a women’s provincial jail in Milton.
Kim is a mother, a CAS client as a child and adult. She married at 16 and had three children. Her eldest daughter was 24, her son was 17 and her youngest daughter was 11 when the marriage ended 21 years later. Years of chaos followed for Kim and her children, particularly her youngest daughter, as Kim moved in with a neighbour, then into a shelter and her daughter rebelled. When an argument in the car resulted in her daughter being hit in the eye, police had to call the children’s aid society.
Graham is a father and grandfather. He has a daughter who left home at 15 and fell into an addict’s life: heroin, crack, and alcohol. In her early 30s she met a fellow, things got better for a while, and she had a child. But then she went back to drinking, and when her son was about three, he got out of the apartment building one day in his pyjamas and wandered across the street where neighbours saw him and called the police. The children’s aid got involved. That was his grandson’s first contact with CAS. More followed when his mother broke up with his father.
Principal of Lumen Christie School in Milton, Colin is no stranger to having the Halton CAS staff in his school. He first hosted workers from 2001 to 2003 in a pilot project at St. Joseph (Acton) Elementary School.
“To make the program work, the relationship among the administration, staff and the Halton CAS worker is crucial,” he says. “I like to see an interchange, and for that the CAS person needs to be visible. It’s key that they have social skills to open up dialogue and build trusting relationships with staff. That makes a successful program.”
“I like my job because it’s proactive,” she says. When the Halton CAS opens a file, Tracy receives a referral to provide family support at home. She works with families on parenting practices, child management, time management, parent confidence, finances, negotiating co-parenting, sibling rivalry, and single parenting. She develops plans with parents to deal with their children in more effective ways.
Bridging Families is an initiative between the Halton CAS and Halton Women’s Place that provides services to families experiencing domestic violence. Through Bridging Families, the two agencies apply their expertise in protection and domestic violence to provide women and children with the best services available in one place.