SUBMITTED BY HIGHLAND SHORES CHILDREN’S AID
Highland Shores Children’s Aid (HSCA) is mandated to investigate concerns about children and youth who may be at risk of abuse and/or neglect. During the month of October HSCA joins with children’s aid societies across Ontario to participate in events and activities that help raise awareness about keeping children and youth safe and well-cared for. The old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child” speaks to the fact that we all have a role to play in protecting our most precious resource.
We hope you’ll join us next month in helping to spread the word and create additional awareness about this important issue. Why not wear something purple on October 16th which has been declared Community Wear Purple Day this year? Or you could add the graphic above to your email signature for the month.
We also invite you to check out two youtube videos that were created for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first video was created last year for Highland Shores Children’s Aid by several youth and it has racked up over 1000 views! Feel free to share these links with others as well.
While child protection is our mandate, the goal of the Society is to keep families together whenever possible. According to the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect in 2013 children remained at home in 97% of all investigations. Every child has the right to be raised in a safe, loving and supportive family situation. In instances where children or youth are not able to remain within their own family home or with kin, foster parents play a vital role by providing this kind of nurturing environment.
Currently there are several youth in the care of HSCA who are not benefitting from a family environment. Perhaps your family, or someone you know, could help to make a difference in the life of these young people or others like them, by fostering. Highland Shores Children’s Aid is hoping to find fifteen additional foster families this year to help meet our current, or future, needs.
Fostering changes futures so we hope you will consider finding out more by calling the Society at 800-267-0570. Your call is not a commitment just a first step, but an important one and it could be life changing!