Our friends from Hamilton Police Service's Fleet, Facilities and Supply team have helped to make our new home a welcoming, safe, and professional space, and we can't thank them enough for their assistance. Dan Bowman's amazing crew volunteered to help with flooring, carpentry, electrical, installations, and more - thank you so much! We are so very fortunate to have caring partners like HPS and its members, and we appreciate their support very much.
The Community Child Abuse Council's OASIS Program will be featured, and OASIS Program Coordinator Mary-Jo Land will be presenting, at the upcoming International Women & Children's Health Conference on October 18, 2014. This year's conference will be held at the Hamilton Convention Centre, and the conference theme is "Caught in Conflict: Issues Facing Victims of Strife". Registration information ($30.00 per person) and further details can be found on the conference web site: http://iwchconference.org/
The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is conducting a review of The Child and Family Services Act and is seeking input from families as well as service partners.
The Child and Family Services Act is a foundational piece of legislation. It governs many of the province's programs and services for children and youth, including child welfare, youth justice, mental health, adoption finalized in Ontario and the licensing of children's residential services. This legislation is reviewed on a five-year cycle, and participating in the review is an opportunity to help improve outcomes and services for children, youth and families across the province.
As a ministry, we are committed to supporting children and youth and to creating opportunities for their voices to be heard. This review is also a platform for children, youth and families to tell the ministry how services can be improved and identify gaps or challenges within the current system. The 2015 review will focus on how the Child and Family Services Act could be improved to meet the current and emerging needs of children, youth and families. Between now and December, the ministry will also work closely with Aboriginal communities, partners and service organizations to review specific provisions in the act.
Details on regional engagement sessions and written submissions will be available on the ministry's website, along with a discussion guide that includes information about the Child and Family Services Act and questions to help inform your feedback. A report on the findings will be available on the ministry's website in April 2015. We are confident the findings from this review will help improve the services funded or provided by the ministry. We look forward to hearing from our partners, our families and all Ontarians.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario. It is a time to remember that we are ALL responsible for the safety, happiness and health of children in our community. Learn about your duty to report suspected or known abuse of a child - when in doubt, make the call. Together, we can prevent crimes against children, help families to cope, and build resilience in our communities. For more information about duty to report, visit: http://www.useyourvoice.ca/en/protect/
On October 2, 2014 the Community Child Abuse Council will relocate offices to 460 Main Street East in Hamilton. Between September 30 and October 3 there may be interruptions in telephone services (our telephone number is not changing) and email, but we will respond to messages as quickly as possible. There will be little or no interruption in client services and scheduled appointments will be coordinated by our clinicians during the transition. Our new location is fully accessible, has free parking, and is on a major bus route in central Hamilton. We look forward to welcoming clients and visitors to our new home effective October 6th. Please note that our mailing address remains the same, only our physical address is changing.