On First Ever Family Day Ontarians Are Reminded That More Foster Families
OTTAWA, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Local celebrities, radio show hosts, politicians
and the public will be making snow angels on Parliament Hill to celebrate
Family Day and bring attention to the number of children and youth in care in
Eastern Ontario and all over the province who need families.
"Family Day is a good time to bring to light the need for more foster
families for children and youth in care all across the province," said
Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Children's
Aid Societies. "Foster families provide a precious gift to children in care.
They share their love, their home and their family with our most vulnerable
With 7,700 foster families in Ontario, there are still not enough homes
available to provide temporary shelter to all the children coming into care
who cannot remain with their families. There are more than 3,400 children and
youth in care and 1,554 foster families in Eastern Ontario, supported by
12 Children's Aid Societies. Many children and youth are cared for by foster
families while others are awaiting a family to welcome them into their homes.
Last year, Ontario's Children's Aid Societies provided support and care to
over 29,000 children and youth.
"Foster a Snow Angel" is a fun, family event to be held on the first ever
Family Day, February 18th on Parliament Hill from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Members of
the public are invited to fall in the snow and participate in the Canadian
tradition of making "snow angels." These snow angels will represent the more
than 3,400 children and youth in the care of a Children's Aid Society in
Political Leaders: M.P.P. Madeleine Meilleur, Senator Jim Munson,
Chief Kirby Whiteduck from Golden Lake First Nation and Ottawa Police Deputy
Chief Sue O'Sullivan as well as foster families and youth in care will be
available for interviews and photos at 12:30 p.m.
Foster families and their children from Belleville to Cornwall, Pembroke
to Brockville will be converging on Parliament Hill on Family Day to highlight
the need for diverse foster families for children in the care of Eastern
Ontario's Children's Aid Societies.
Ontario's Children's Aid Societies protect children from abuse including
neglect, promote their well-being within their families and communities, and
provide a safe, nurturing place for children and youth to grow up. Whenever
possible, child welfare agencies work to keep children at home with their
natural families, but when children cannot safely remain at home or live with
relatives, Children's Aid Societies offer a variety of substitute care
programs, including foster care.
For more information on how you can participate in the event call
Lisa Davis at (613) 747-7800 ext. 2128 or visit www.fosterasnowangel.com. This
event was made possible thanks to the support of various organizations,
including the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
For more information on becoming a foster parent, contact your local
Children's Aid Society or visit www.oacas.org.
For further information:
For further information: Ontario Association of Children's Aid
Societies: Marcelo Gomez-Wiuckstern, (416) 987-9648, www.oacas.org; Eastern
Zone Children's Aid Societies: France Clost, The Children's Aid Society of
Ottawa, (613) 747-7800 ex. 2033, (613) 323-7151 (mobile),
http://www.casott.on.ca; Grant Lavallée, Renfrew County Family and Children's
Services, (613) 432-4821 ext. 3038