Our Vision and Mission

We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

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CFMU Interview


Marking the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month, CFMU Radio's "This Is #HamOnt" program focused a full hour on the protection of children in our community on October 29th. The Community Child Abuse Council's Executive Director, Karen Smith, was interviewed along with Dominic Verticchio from the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton. Thank you to hosts Ashleigh and Jonathon for an engaging and important conversation!

Listen to the podcast of this interview on CFMU's web site: http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/

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Reporting child abuse: the duty to report

During October, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, we offer an important reminder from our colleagues at the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies.

The saying "it takes a village to raise a child" is never more true than when we talk about protecting children. Keeping the most vulnerable members of our community safe is the responsibility of everyone. If you have any reason to believe that a child is in need of protection or is at risk of harm, make the call to Children's Aid.

Talking about child abuse is hard. But not as hard as seeing or suspecting that a child is being abused. If you have reasonable grounds to suspect a child is in need of help, you need to make the call. It isn't up to you to prove or investigate the abuse but it is up to you to reach out and help protect the child.

It is a basic human right to be free of harm and this especially applies to children. It is our job as adults to step up and protect all of the children in our community.

In Hamilton, call Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton at (905) 525-2012, or Children's Aid Society of Hamilton at (905) 522-1121, or after hours in an emergency call (905) 522-8053. In other Ontario locations, visit www.oacas.org/childwelfare/locate.htm to find your local agency. You can report a concern anonymously, and if you do choose to provide your name it will not be released to the family involved. By making a report you are allowing the appropriate authorities to determine the risk in each situation and the kind of support and service needed to keep children safe.

Thank you Hamilton Police Service!

hamilton policeOur 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.

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