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  • By Jenna Afshar on June 9, 2021
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    This week, we learned about the loss of four lives, and the near loss of another, because of hatred.  Our hearts break for this innocent family, and for this young boy who has lost his mom, dad, sister and grandmother to a horrific act of violence. As an organization committed to the safety and well-being of children and families, we […]
  • Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County Receives $30,000 Grant from Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

    By Jenna Afshar on February 26, 2021
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    Guelph, ON – February 26 2021 – Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County has witnessed an increase in requests for financial assistance in recent months, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. As COVID-19 continues to impact many in our community, vulnerable populations, like former youth from care, are often the hardest hit. Already vulnerable to financial uncertainty, […]
  • Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County Celebrate Black Heritage Month through Art.

    By Jenna Afshar on February 24, 2021
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    Guelph, ON – February 24 2021 – This year, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County wanted to mark the celebration of Black Heritage Month in a very big way, with a large mural splashed across the front of its Eramosa office windows. The mural, painted by Marissa Santin, a youth connected with the organization is a visual […]
  • Bell Let’s Talk Day is almost here, so let’s begin the conversation.

    By Jenna Afshar on January 27, 2021
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    Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28 and we’re joining in to help drive progress in mental health. Together, let’s work to end the stigma around mental health, because let’s face it – we all struggle from time to time, especially during a year like this, filled with so many challenges. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% […]
  • What’s it like to be a foster parent?

    By Jenna Afshar on January 12, 2021
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    “Parents ask us what it’s like to be a foster parent, and often there are a lot of questions, and there can be a lot of fear and misunderstanding. I tell them it is almost like being on a roller coaster. You hop on, and you’re buckled in. The ride attendant checks that you’re good to go, gives you the thumbs up, and you’re off. It’s not always easy, especially as you navigate past all of the bumps and twists along the way, but you know that no matter what happens, you’re buckled in, and you have people around you who are there to ensure that you make it safely through to the end of the ride. So, even if it’s a bit of a wild ride, you know that you will have all the support that you need. And, like a roller coaster ride, it’s something you’ll never forget.”