October is Child Abuse Prevention month in Ontario. During October, we work with community partners to raise awareness about how to identify and help prevent child abuse. This year Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, as well as other children’s aid societies in the province, are working with local school boards to “Dress Purple“ on October 24th.
Here’s what you can do to help.
We all know that child abuse and neglect exists in Ontario. What we don’t often know is what we can do about it. This is the time of year when we need to ask that question.
The answer is simple. We all have a role to play in keeping kids and families safe. No matter who we are, what we do or where we live we have a responsibility to help. It’s not only the law in Ontario. It’s the right thing to do. For these kids and their families, but for our community and for Ontario.
And it’s also the key to stop child abuse and neglect. We’ll never be able to deal with the issue until we all start working together to stop it. It’s a matter of teamwork. We all have families. We look out for people in our family and they look out for us. We’re all part of a larger family we call community. So, too, we need to look out for these kids and help them.
Stopping child abuse and neglect can seem to be a difficult, if not impossible task. It’s hard to know where to start. We can help. We have the answers. There is a way to stop child abuse and neglect in Ontario. The real question is not how or what. The question before each of us is really about one thing. When will we get started. So, this October, let’s begin.
- REPORT: If you see a family that needs help keeping their kids safe, then help them by contacting us.
- FOSTER: We need foster parents for teens and kids with special needs. It’s not for everybody and our standards are very demanding, but there’s no better way to help kids.
- VOLUNTEER: We need volunteer drivers to assist with transportation and mentors to work with children and youth.
- DONATE: We have excellent programs for children, youth, and families that rely on donations. Your donation to our Children First Fund could make a real difference.
- CONNECT: We need your attention. There’s issues and events we need people to understand. Help us by following us on social media and visiting our website.
In the past year we received 3,6568 calls from people concerned about the safety of a child, and across the province over 171,000 people call Children’s Aid Societies with protection concerns each year.
About 97% of the children and youth we work with remain in their own homes
A call to a Children’s Aid Society leads to an offer of help to a family. Our staff work with families early on, providing essential support that helps stop crises and family violence before they occur, allowing families to heal and strengthen. We provide a broad range of services such as visiting children and families in their home and helping families obtain the services they may need.
The public, professionals, and those who work directly with children do not need to be sure abuse is happening when they call. They just need to use their best judgment. Children’s Aid Societies will make an assessment using trained workers to determine the risk in a situation.
Ontario Children’s Aid Societies are mandated by the Ontario Government to protect children from harm. We are the only organizations with the statutory responsibility to respond to all allegations of abuse and neglect – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call us with your concerns – 519-824-2410