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Burlington Office 1445 Norjohn Court Burlington, ON L7L 0E6
Milton Office 325 Main Street East Milton, ON L9T 1P5
Toll Free: 866.607.KIDS (5437) Phone: 905.333.4441 Fax: 905.333.1844 TTY: 711 (TTY to Voice)
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Advocate’s Office Closing

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Children and Youth unit at Ontario Ombudsman to begin accepting public complaints from May 1, 2019

Today (April 30, 2019) marks the last day before the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007, is repealed and the Ontario Child Advocate (the Advocate’s Office) closes.

As of May 1, 2019, the new Children and Youth unit at the Ombudsman’s Office of Ontario will take over investigation authority into child welfare (children’s aid societies), residential licensees, such as foster homes and group homes, and secure treatment programs where a young person has been admitted.

The Ombudsman recognizes the importance of protecting young people’s rights and interests – specifically, the right to be heard, to express their own views freely and to be informed of all decisions being made about them or affecting them while receiving services.

The new Children and Youth unit is a dedicated team within the Ombudsman’s Office that has been set up to answer questions, provide information about the rights of children and youth, conduct investigations, as well as assess and investigate complaints from young people and adults who may have concerns about services provided under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA).

This means that anyone, including young people, should contact the Ombudsman’s Office if they experience a problem while seeking or receiving services provided under the CYFSA, such as children’s aid society services.

The Ombudsman can help support young people in the child welfare system have their rights respected and their voices heard, while striving to address issues, based on evidence, and propose recommendations for constructive change.

To make a complaint, or for more information on the Children and Youth unit, please visit the Ombudsman’s website at www.ombudsman.on.ca or contact the unit at 1-800-263-2841 or 416-325-5669.

Improvements to Call Answering for After Hours Calls to Halton Children’s Aid Society

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Starting 4:30 pm, Monday, April 15, 2019

Please be advised of planned changes to our After Hours Service. Our agency is one of eight Children’s Aid Societies/Child and Family Service agencies in Ontario participating in a six-month pilot to have our calls answered by a Shared Service After Hours Team at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST). The goal of the change is to create consistency, efficiency and to improve service and safety to children and youth.

You will still be able to call the same number (905.333.4441 / 1.866.607.KIDS) to make your reports after hours for the Halton Children’s Aid Society. The call will be answered directly by a CAST After Hours worker, who will record the information and send it along to our agency for follow up. For situations that require immediate attention, our agency will still have after-hours staff and after-hours supervisors on-call and available for follow up whether that be by phone or in person.

This change will impact anyone calling our agency outside of regular business hours. Our Burlington office is open to the public Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Our Milton office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

After Hours service remains active Monday to Thursday from 4:30 pm to 9:00 am and Friday at 4:30 pm to Monday at 9:00 am.

To achieve these benefits the Halton Children’s Aid Society will transition to the After Hours shared service on April 15, 2019.

What you need to know about cannabis legalization

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
On October 17, 2018, cannabis became legal in Ontario for people 19 years and older. This is the same minimum age as tobacco and alcohol. Provincial law (Cannabis Control Act, 2017) prohibits individuals under the age of 19 from possessing any amount of cannabis.The government has put in place rules that will keep the province’s children and youth safe. Here’s what you need to know about legalization to help you support youth and talk with them about the risks of using cannabis. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2G5spje

National Volunteer Week–April 7-13, 2019

Friday, April 5th, 2019

National Volunteer Week, which takes place April 7-13, 2019, is a time to recognize, thank and celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. The Halton Children’s Aid Society (Society) encourages you to join us in taking the time to thank the many volunteers who do so much in our communities.

The theme of National Volunteer Week 2019 is ‘The Volunteer Factor—Lifting Communities.’ As noted by one of the Society’s volunteers, “Most long-term volunteers will tell you, ‘I get more out of it than I put in. I always say that I’m very selfish to volunteer. This is my fun time.’” Volunteer Canada states, “When we volunteer, our spirits are lifted when we have the opportunity to work with others. It’s the Volunteer Factor!”

At the Society, our volunteers annually contribute more than 15,000 hours of their time in various roles including mentors, volunteer drivers, summer camp support, food for life program assistance, tutoring and so much more.

Meet Jim. Every week, Jim packs fresh food boxes and delivers them to individuals and families in need. Some are young adults starting out on their own, others are single parents who need a helping hand – all appreciate his efforts. “I can’t imagine not being involved. I honestly don’t know what I would do without Children’s Aid,” Jim shares.

There are many more stories from the hundreds of people who have volunteered with us over the past 105 years. During National Volunteer Week, we thank our volunteers, both past and present, for their wonderful contributions to the work of our Society. We are proud to recognize them this week and in the future. We could not do the work we do without them!

Have you considered volunteering? Contact us today to learn more and become part of The Volunteer Factor! http://haltoncas.ca/join-team/become-a-volunteer/

Neighbourhoods Can Help Kids Thrive!

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Source: Rebecca Abavi, Our Kids Network Research & Knowledge Broker Intern

Neighbourhoods Can Help Kids Thrive! | Using the power of relationships, research and knowledge to help kids thrive

Good neighbourhoods can help children thrive. Research tells us that in neighbourhoods where people get along, share values, and trust each other, youth have better mental health. And we know that neighbourhoods with lower social support and higher levels of poverty can negatively impact children’s development.

It is because neighbourhoods can play such a key role in supporting positive development of children, that Our Kids Network (OKN) collects and shares data on child and youth outcomes at the neighbourhood level.

Our brand new Neighbourhood Profiles showcase data from six different sources: the Early Development Instrument, Education Quality and Accountability Office, IntelliHealth Ontario, Kindergarten Parent Survey, Statistics Canada Census, and Tell Them From Me Elementary School Survey. Together, this data provides a snapshot of how Halton children 0 to 12 years-old are doing at the neighbourhood level.

The Profiles provide Halton-specific information, enabling professionals and agencies to identify areas of vulnerability and strength in this population of children. The neighbourhood data can reveal gaps in services, help to identify changes needed, and support the implementation of those changes, all at the local level.

The OKN Neighbourhood Profiles are complemented by municipal-level data from the Tell Them From Me Secondary School Survey, which provides information on the wellbeing of secondary school students in grades 9 to 12 in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

Data becomes more meaningful when it is shared, debated and discussed. Use the OKN Neighbourhood Profiles and municipal data to create opportunities for discussion and collaboration with your colleagues and the community, and to better understand and respond to the needs of children and youth in Halton.

What is an Our Kids Network Neighbourhood?

Our Kids Network partners, researchers, and community professionals identified 27 different neighbourhoods for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and sharing important local research. The neighbourhoods’ borders reflect Statistics Canada census boundaries, and natural, transportation, municipal, regional boundaries.

Demand for homelessness prevention services rising in Halton

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Local families seeking help to avoid eviction and secure permanent housing

The demand for measures that help keep vulnerable local residents off the streets is climbing.

According to the latest statistics put forth by Halton Region, 1,925 households were supported last year by the municipality’s homelessness prevention services — an increase from 1,746 in 2017.

The local families were assisted via dollars from the region’s Housing Stability Fund, which is used to prevent evictions and utility disconnections, secure permanent housing and furniture, and assist with moving and storage costs.

The influx can be attributed to the region’s efforts to intervene earlier in the lives of Halton residents at risk of homelessness, supporting them to ensure they remain housed, explained commissioner of social and community services Alex Sarchuk.

“The emphasis has shifted from emergency shelter to those upstream interventions,” he said during Wednesday’s regional council meeting.

Sarchuk noted this shift in attention is largely responsible for a decline in family shelter admissions, which has fallen 36 per cent since 2015.

He went on to present council with a snapshot of homelessness in Halton that reveals individuals and families continue to struggle to keep a roof over their heads in one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most affluent regions.

An enumeration conducted last year revealed that 271 people were experiencing homelessness in Halton, up slightly from the last count done in 2016 that identified 264 individuals.

Sarchuk said the increase is largely the result of a change in the way statistics are gathered, with the provincial and federal governments now mandating the inclusion of homeless individuals in hospitals, jails, motels and couch surfers.

Of the 271 people considered homeless locally, the majority were staying in transitional housing or shelters, while the remainder were said to be couch surfing or staying in a motel, the hospital or jail. Fourteen individuals were experiencing unsheltered homelessness — a decrease of five per cent since the 2016 count was completed.

Source: Independent Free Press, Author: Melanie Hennessey

BLACK Community Service Providers: CAS Training Sessions

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

One Vision One Voice (OVOV) is very pleased to share that Judie Powell and Sheehira Scott (Community Engagement Workers) will be leading provincial training for COMMUNITY organizations serving Black families. The training will focus on building capacity at community organizations to support Black families by giving community organizations relevant knowledge about exactly how Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) work, what they need to tell their clients and the best way to support their clients who are engaging with CAS.

Training dates, particularly for Toronto, are on a first come first serve basis and are filling up.

Sixties Scoop Class Action Lawsuit

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Between 1965 and 1984, thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families. Those affected lost all contact with their children and families. They also lost critical connection to their language, culture and identity.

A class action lawsuit was launched with the intent to compensate those affected by this period. The Federal Government of Canada and certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop have reached a settlement of class action lawsuits that provides compensation for certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop. If you were a service recipient during this period, you may be eligible for compensation.

The Child Welfare sector is actively working with local Indigenous communities and organizations to reconcile with the affected First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) families and individuals.

For more information, visit https://www.sixtiesscoopsettlement.info/

Are You Driven to Volunteer?

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Help make a difference in the lives of our children, youth and families

Do you have a few hours a week to spare, enjoy driving and are good with children and youth? This may be the volunteer role for you!

The Halton Children’s Aid Society is seeking applications for mature and responsible volunteer drivers to transport children, youth and families to appointments and schools throughout the Halton Region. 

Volunteer drivers are mostly required during the day, but also evenings and weekends. Some drivers do specific weekly drives (one or two), others drive on a daily basis and some just once a month.

Volunteer drivers play a valuable role in the lives of our children, youth and families. They become the familiar and friendly faces our clients can depend on.

Why Be a Volunteer Driver? Gain the satisfaction of knowing you have made a positive difference in the lives of our children, youth and families

For more information or to apply to be a volunteer driver with our Society, CLICK here to learn more or send an email to volunteers@haltoncas.ca



Wendy’s Wonderful Kids–Canada

Friday, December 14th, 2018

The Halton Children’s Aid Society is excited to be implementing
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
, a signature program of the Dave Thomas
Foundation for Adoption
(Foundation) that will bring children and youth waiting to be adopted from foster care one step closer to safe, loving and permanent homes.

Through Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies and children’s aid societies to hire and train adoption recruiters who implement the Foundation’s Child-Focused Recruitment Model. This model is up to three times more effective at serving children and youth who have been in foster care the longest including older youth, sibling groups and children/youth with special needs.

The Halton Children’s Aid Society is proud to be a
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grant recipient. Every day, we strive to find
forever homes for children and youth in Ontario.

To learn more about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada, contact Angela Marshall at angela_marshall@davethomasfoundation.org, subscribe to the Foundation’s newsletter and follow on Facebook and Twitter.