October is Child Abuse Prevention Month
TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - During Child Abuse Prevention Month in
October, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS)
and Children's Aid Societies are calling on the community to help
protect children from fear, harm and violence and support families in
Children are society's most vulnerable and need to be protected. The
Association and Children's Aid Societies are spreading the message that
child safety and family welfare begin in the community. Everyone has a
role to play in their well-being and a duty to report any suspicion
that a child may be in need of protection.
Children's Aid Societies work hard to protect the children and youth of
their local communities and to support families that need help. Last
year, Children's Aid received more than 165,6731 referrals about possible abuse and neglect of children and youth.
Children's Aid Societies completed over 84,2191 investigations and 47,9251 families received ongoing protection services from a Children's Aid
With an increased focus on working with families earlier, in the vast
majority of cases children were able to remain at home while Children's
Aid Societies worked with families to strengthen their parenting
capacity and create a more stable future for their children.
Louise*, a mother struggling to care for her son with emotional and
behavioural issues, didn't know where to turn for help after his father
walked out on her. Children's Aid stepped in and provided Louise with
the support she needed to get back on track. "I was able to finally get
the services and help that we needed as a family to change the
direction my son was going in."
"They came into my son's school and worked with him one-on-one. I thank
all Children's Aid workers for the tremendous help I have been given
and I thank all the powers that be, everyday, that they came into my
For Maura*, her turmoil of abuse and neglect at the hands of her parents
came to an end when Children's Aid intervened and placed her in safety
with a foster family. "I was not taken - but rescued - from my abusive
home at the age of ten…it was terrifying, but I had the support of
experienced foster parents who taught me that no one had the right to
As a Crown ward, Children's Aid continued to provide Maura with the
support she needed to reach her full potential. "My social worker
became my mentor and I worked hard to live up to the potential that she
saw in me…I developed a sense of worth that motivated me to establish
goals and gave me the confidence to believe I could achieve them."
Maura went on to obtain her Master's degree and become the role model
she had once admired.
The community members who called out of concern for the needs of Louise
and the safety of Maura made a difference in their lives that will
never be forgotten. Everyone in Ontario can help protect children in
their community from fear, harm and violence and support families in
crisis. Learn more, visit http://www.oacas.org/newsroom/publicawarenesskit/index.htm, www.useyourvoice.ca, or contact your local Children's Aid Society.
*Names have been changed to protect identity
About the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies: Since 1912, OACAS has represented Ontario's Children's Aid Societies in
Ontario and provided service in the areas of government relations,
communications, information management, education and training to
advocate for the protection and well-being of children.
1 As at September 2013
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
For further information:
Tanzeem Parkar, Communications Advisor
(416) 987-9854 or email@example.com