OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - For children and youth in the care of the
Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO), lifelong connections are
paramount. It is our goal that every child who leaves our care has
created a lifelong connection or has a permanent family. It is for this
reason that CASO is coming together in celebration of Adoption
In our work, relationships may not take a typical form. But because we
recognize that permanent relationships take place in a variety of ways,
we are celebrating more than just adoption. Rather, we are recognizing
kinship relationships, legal custody, and sustained lifelong
"In order to grow and develop children and youth need to have strong
roots. Roots that provide guidance, encouragement and support,"
reflected Barbara McKinnon, Executive Director of the Children's Aid
Society of Ottawa. "Every child needs a family. Every child wants a
family. It is our aim to help provide children and youth with safe and
loving homes for a lifetime."
On average, there are 70 children and youth adopted from CASO each year,
with last year being a record-breaker. Often when we think of adoption,
young children come to mind but there is also a need for adoption of
youth, 12 years and older; sibling groups; as well as children and
youth with special needs. Like their adoptive parents, children and
youth range, they come from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.
"Because it is so important to create strong, lasting relationships the
process for adopting a child is one that is carefully planned with the
child's well-being in mind," Barbara McKinnon continued. "Home visits,
training, education and ongoing support are offered to parents."
Throughout the month of November we ask you to consider the role that
lifelong relationships have played in your life. Friends, family and
community enrich our lives. It is up to us to ensure that children and
youth in care have the opportunity to form these lifetime bonds.
SOURCE: Children's Aid Society of Ottawa
For further information:
Cindy R. Perron
The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa
(613) 747-7800 ext. 2227