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Objectives

Objectives of the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society

Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society advocates for and protects children’s rights, supports and strengthens families; and is a leader for change in our community. The Society serves approximately 375 families each month, and conducts more than 1600 abuse investigations each year. It also helps more than 130 children who are in the Society’s care.

  • As a paramount objective, to promote the best interests, protection and wellbeing of the children.
  • Investigate allegations or evidence that children who are under the age of sixteen years or are in the Society’s care or under its supervision may be in need of protection.
  • Protect, where necessary, children who are under the age of sixteen years or are in the Society’s care or under its supervision.
  • Provide guidance, counselling and other services to families for protecting children or for the prevention of circumstances requiring the protection of children.
  • Provide care for children assigned or committed to its care under this Act. f) Supervise children assigned to its supervision under this Act.
  • Place children for adoption under Part VII of The Child and Family Services Act R.S.O. 1990, c. C. 11.
  • To provide other such services as the Society may deem necessary in the best interests of the children.
  • To conscientiously perform the duties required of a children’s aid society under The Child and Family Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C. 11, or legislation now or hereafter in force, in the interests of children.

Principles

HPCAS Principles

  • All children have a right to reach their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. b) Providing and caring for children is a community responsibility.
  • Parents and their children have the right to respectful and sensitive services. Families will have different cultures and lifestyles and will parent their children differently.
  • Early intervention is the best way to assist families. Families and children should be provided timely services on the basis of mutual consent, where emphasis is placed on supporting families’ strengths.
  • Comprehensive services that combine child protection, early intervention and clinical treatment services will ensure a seamless approach to meeting child and family needs.
  • Community partnerships are an essential part of addressing the broad needs of children and families in a proactive and integral manner.
  • To recognize that children’s services should be provided in a manner that:
    1. respects children’s needs for continuity of care and for stable family relationships
    2. takes into account physical and mental development differences among children
  • To recognize that, wherever possible, services to children and their families should be provided in a manner that respects cultural, religious and regional differences.

Services

Family Support

To provide such family support services as:

  • child management
  • parenting education
  • family counseling

Child Protection

  • To carry our the Children’s Aid Society’s role and responsibility as mandated by Child and Family Services Act
  • Includes the assessment and investigations of allegations of child abuse nad neglect, and the provision of support and services to families in crisis regarding parenting and child management.

Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    • Facilitate education and awareness regarding sexual abuse
    • Provide education and resources regarding prevention of sexual abuse
    • Provide counseling and support services to children who have been victims of sexual abuse.
    • Groups such as Safe Child and Feeling Yes, Feeling No

History

HPCAS History

The history of each children’s aid society reflects the many developments which have taken place in the delivery of child welfare services in Ontario since the early 1800’s.

Prior to 1874 Ontario children requiring service could receive help through two avenues, neither of them very appropriate by today’s standards. A criminal conviction was the route to service for most children. The criminal system was funded by the government; but other services for the poor or the neglected relied on private contributions and volunteer assistance. Apprenticeship (in exchange for the child’s labour) was the other service alternative for children who were deserted or orphaned. In 1874 charitable institutions were permitted by legislation to intervene to prevent maltreatment of apprenticed children, and a cost sharing relationship was established between charitable organizations and the Province.

In 1888 An Act for the Protection and Reformation of Neglected Children allowed the courts to make children wards of institutions and charitable organizations, with local government assuming the maintenance costs of wards. Foster homes were now encouraged as alternatives to institutions.

With this legislation in place, the famous reformer J. J. Kelso helped found the Children’s Aid Society in Toronto in 1891, and he went on to advocate for the passage of a new Act for the Prevention of Cruelty to and Better Protection of Children in 1893.

With the advent of this legislation, children’s aid societies became (in 1893) semi public agencies with the legal power to remove children from their homes, supervise and manage children in municipal “shelters” and collect monies from municipalities to cover the maintenance costs for wards. Societies at this time gained the status and prerogatives of legal guardians.

Between 1891 and 1912 sixty children’s aid societies sprang up all over Ontario, and in 1912 they joined together as the Associated Children’s Aid Societies of Ontario – now the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (O.A.C.A.S.). The O.A.C.A.S. was established to promote the welfare of children and coordinate the work of all the children’s aid societies. It requested and received the opportunity to review all child welfare legislation before its introduction to the legislature.

Over the years several new Child Welfare Acts have been passed – in 1921, 1954 and 1965. Finally in 1984 the current Child and Family Services Act (C.F.S.A.) was passed. Several trends have emerged with these legislative developments:

  • A shift from a volunteer to a professional service system
  • The provincial government’s acceptance of direct responsibility for the delivery of child welfare services through public financing, agency reporting and provincial supervision
  • A shift from institutional and protection oriented services to non-institutional and prevention oriented services.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The operation of the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society is overseen by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, and its operating budget comes from the provincial government.

The Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is formed by a diverse group of community members who meet on a regular basis. The Board’s primary responsibility is to provide governance for the Society and to ensure accountability to the province and to the community.

The Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society 2017-2018 Board of Directors is as follows:

  • Executive
    • Suzanne Kelly- Chair
    • Amy Taylor- Vice-Chair
    • Jane Morton- Secretary
    • Don Campbell – Treasurer
  • Directors
    • Margaret Cook
    • Linda Feeney
    • Gerry Foster
    • Cindy Hamather
    • Debbie Kindler
    • Brent Langan
    • Marg Luna
    • Jane Morton
    • Marie Parsons
    • Amy Taylor
    • Barbara Thomas

The Board consists of fourteen members. Each member is elected for a three year term.

All of our Board Members:

  • Live in or conduct business in the Huron-Perth area
  • Have an interest in children and quality children’s services
  • Bring special skills to the governance table and represent many areas of local society
  • Are interested in advocating for the needs of children

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board, please contact Angela Simpson at 519-271-5290 ext. 2398

Partnerships

Huron-Perth Partners