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October 24th is Ontario Dress Purple Day

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Children’s Aid Societies campaign asks adults to think more carefully about how they can be helpful to the children and youth in their lives

On October 24th, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch the annual Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign to raise awareness about the important role adults and communities play in supporting children and youth, especially those who are facing challenges. This year as many as 50 boards of education and thousands of students in schools across the province are expected to join the campaign that promotes every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being in all areas of their lives. Community organizations across the province will also join the campaign to explain how they are part of the “community that cares for kids.” Landmarks across the province will be lit purple on October 24, including the Brant Street Pier, Oakville Town Hall, CN Tower and Niagara Falls.

“On Ontario Dress Purple Day, we are asking adults and community partners to think more deeply about how they can better support the safety and well-being of the young people around them,” says Nicole Bonnie, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). “Youth tell us the most important thing we can do is listen. How can you protect a child or youth if you are not engaging with them?”

To support the campaign, and in response to the recommendations from the Jeffrey Baldwin and Katelynn Sampson Inquests, OACAS developed classroom resources that support educators to engage with their students in conversations about safety and well-being. The resources, which are based on the theme, “It takes a community to care for kids,” educate students about their networks of support. Research shows that ensuring that children and youth are aware of helping adults and organizations in their support network offers them an important tool that lessens their vulnerability to harm.

“Children’s Aid Societies are part of a broader children’s services system,” says Nicole Bonnie. “Telling young people about the range of supportive services that are available to them is another way that we can help protect their right to safety and well-being,” says Nicole Bonnie. “If you listen to children and youth and know what services are available, you are in a better position to be helpful.”

 “Keeping the most vulnerable members of our communities safe is a responsibility shared by all of us,” notes Janice Robinson, Executive Director, Halton Children’s Aid Society. “By participating on Dress Purple Day, you are showing children and youth who need help that they are not alone.” Join us on October 24th and Dress Purple!

Child Welfare Engagement

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has launched a child welfare engagement process with youth, families, caregivers, frontline workers, child welfare sector leaders and stakeholders to modernize the child welfare system. Their stated goal is to “modernize services to ensure they are better coordinated, focused on prevention and are high-quality, culturally appropriate and truly responsive to the needs of children, youth and families”

As one of the components of the engagement process, MCCSS and Ontario’s children’s aid societies are encouraging youth, families, caregivers, frontline workers and community partners to provide feedback about their experiences and share innovative ideas to strengthen the child welfare system through an online survey, which is available until October 11, 2019. 

MCCSS wants to hear from:

  • Youth or former youth who are receiving, or have received services from, a children’s aid society or have received residential care;
  • Parents, family members or caregivers who have had involvement with a children’s aid society or with licensed child and youth residential services;
  • Frontline workers from:
    • children’s aid societies,
    • licensed child and youth residential services, and
    • other community-based service providers that work with children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system and with licensed residential services.

The anonymous survey will be open for participation beginning August 30, 2019, and will take about 20 minutes to complete. We encourage you to participate in this important project to help strengthen Ontario’s child welfare system.

We invite families, youth, caregivers and frontline workers and community partners to share your innovative ideas to help strengthen the child welfare system by completing the Ministry’s Child Welfare survey: http://ow.ly/vw2n50vQa5C

Career Fair – September 30, 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Halton Children’s Aid Society is hiring Community Child Protection Workers! Attend our Career Fair on September 30th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

**Please bring your resume and be prepared for an on-the-spot interview. Interviews will be offered to individuals who meet the qualifications.**

Community Child Protection Workers provide professional protection and community services. They act as resources to families, school personnel and other social service agencies within the assigned Halton catchment area. Service focuses on assessing safety and reducing risk to children in need of protection and responding to the differential needs of families. This includes child protection services from the point of referral to case closure and the coordination of services with other service providers as well as activities that enhance the understanding of CAS services based upon the population and culture of the surrounding community.


  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Masters of Social Work (MSW)
  • Valid Ontario “G” Drivers License and a vehicle available for work purposes
  • Previous child welfare experience considered a strong asset


  • Authorized: between $63,336 to $82,613
  • Unauthorized: $57,002

The Halton Children’s Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer.

The Society encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to equity and to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.

Sixties Scoop Class Action Lawsuit — deadline August 30, 2019

Tuesday, July 2nd, 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/

Halton Region dishing out millions for community programs in Halton Hills area

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Source: Independent Free Press

Regional council has approved more than $2.6 million in funding for community programs through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF). The program provides vital dollars to non-profit social service and community health initiatives annually. “The HRCIF has grown in both size and impact, helping enhance the health, safety and well-being of our residents,” said regional chair Gary Carr. “The fund has tripled since 2012 to more than $2.6 million today.”

HRCIF funding is provided in one-year or multi-year grants and supports programs that: Address mental health; maintain housing and prevent homelessness; strengthen services to older adults, children and youth; improve food security; enhance safety and well-being; and support vulnerable residents.

The following new programs will receive funding this year:

Acclaim Health and Community Care Services to purchase kitchen equipment and provide free, accessible arts and yoga programming to address loneliness and isolation of low income older adults.

ArtHouse for Children and Youth to provide free extracurricular arts programs for low income children aged seven to 12 to build life skills and form positive relationships.

Burlington Baptist Church to support two, 15-week lunch and activity programs that provide vulnerable older adults with opportunities for social interaction with peers.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton branch to provide free walk-in counselling, and support one-on-one counselling, crisis intervention and group programming at the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter.

Capability Support Services to purchase a backup generator to power 24-hour medical and assistive devices used by residents.

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton to support case management and cleaning costs for adults who live in extreme self-neglect and help stabilize their housing.

CNIB to help blind and partially-sighted older adults adapt to their sight loss.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton to provide programming to educate girls about the risks of sexual exploitation and support girls who have been exploited to prevent future abuse.

Food4Kids Halton to support a larger location that can store bulk food and has more space to accommodate volunteers that pack healthy foods for vulnerable children to take home on the weekends.

Georgetown Bread Basket to support monthly cooking classes and prepare take-home meals for clients.

Halton Children’s Aid Society to provide a pilot program for youth aged 18 to 24 leaving the child welfare system to improve outcomes related to education, employment and/or training.

Halton Food for Thought to purchase meal cards for at-risk secondary school students so they can buy healthy meals at school cafeterias.

Halton Fresh Food Box to support the implementation of an online ordering system for food security organizations to purchase healthy, local fruits and vegetables.

Milton Transitional Housing to provide subsidized transitional accommodation and supportive counselling for up to two years for people in housing crisis.

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre to improve service delivery by assessing the needs of food bank users across several Oakville-based food banks.

Burlington Food Bank to purchase a walk-in freezer that will increase protein-rich foods offered to individuals and families in need.

Quality Continuous Improvement Centre for Community Education and Training to help newcomer women from various backgrounds develop employment skills, enhance social belonging and connect to needed services.

Radius Child and Youth Services to support staffing for specialized assessment and treatment programs for children, youth and families who have been affected by abuse and/or neglect.

Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) to provide staff for on-site mental health, addictions and substance use supports for youth and provide educational information sessions to caregivers.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario to train frontline staff at community organizations across Halton in cognitive behavioural therapy related to psychosis.

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church to support community hub clients with on-site services and referrals to address needs such as food, clothing, parenting and mental health.

The John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin to expand community programming focused on anti-criminal thinking, anger management and positive parenting.

Thrive Counselling Services Halton Inc. to provide free psychotherapy and community referrals to help individuals, families and couples cope with challenges such as family and marital conflict, and mental health issues.

Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House to provide one-on-one peer counselling to adults living with cancer and professional counselling to those in crisis.

In addition to new funding, 29 programs will continue to receive funding as part of their second or third instalment of multi-year grants awarded in 2017 and 2018. Some of these programs are showcased in Halton Region’s recently released HRCIF Impact Report 2018. The report, now in its second year, profiles seven projects from 2018 that received HRCIF funding and demonstrates the fund’s positive impact in the community.

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.