CONNECTIONS WINTER 2013

Enforcement Officers with the Ministry of the Attorney General Receive Stand Up for Kids Award
by Krista Lamb, Communications Specialist
Every October, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario mark Child Abuse Prevention Month with awareness campaigns. In Toronto, the four agencies (CCAS, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Jewish Family & Child and Native Child & Family Services) present the Stand Up for Kids Awards, which recognize those who have made a special contribution to protecting children.
Adopt-a-Family Gives Youth a Brighter Christmas
by Donna Harris, Communications Specialist
Brian vividly remembers what Christmas was like when he lived with his family. At home in the Philippines, Christmas was spent unwrapping presents, caroling, eating sumptuous meals, watching fireworks displays and going to church. That was more than 10 years ago. Today in Toronto, life is very different for Brian. Without the companionship of his mother, who he does not have a relationship with, or his older sister, who still lives in the Philippines, Christmas isn’t quite what it used to be.
Volunteer Turned Donor Gives Much Needed Items to Kids
by Krista Lamb, Communications Specialist
When Lisa Landriault saw that there were extra Christmas toys at a community organization where she was volunteering a few years ago, she asked about the possibility of donating those toys to another charity that was dear to her heart – CCAS. She got the OK, not realizing that that decision would change the course of her work as a volunteer.
Quality Corner: Improving our Work with Evidence-Informed Practice
by Tanya Morton, Quality Assurance and Research Analyst
Promoting a sound base of knowledge to guide workers decisions is important: Child welfare work is fast paced and complex, and child protection workers are often faced with limited information while trying to meet their clients’ needs.
Christmas Message
by Ann Keating, Pastoral Consultant
At the birth of their first-born child, the Royals said, “We couldn’t be happier.” However, I’m sure they’d agree that this birth changes everything. Like every parent, their hopes, their concerns, their thoughts and their lives now focus on the care and welfare of this little one.
Opening Hearts and Homes: A foster family steps up when another foster parent dies unexpectedly
by Krista Lamb, Communications Specialist
The unexpected passing of Carmel, one of our foster parents was a tragedy for everyone at CCAS. Moreover, the children in her care were particularly devastated, as they saw her as a parent whose home they could stay in as long as they needed. The thought that they might need to be split up was equally distressing. The children see each other as siblings, though they weren’t all related, and they wanted to stay together.

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We are one of four Children's Aid Societies in Toronto. Funded by the Government of Ontario and mandated by the Child and Family Services Act of Ontario, we provide child protection services 7 days-a-week, 24-hours-a day.

We work with Toronto's Catholic community to protect children from neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse.