The Newsletter of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Summer 2009
We BELIEVE in...
Recognizing Our Youth, Volunteers &
Communicate Online: TorontoCAS.ca/Publications/Communicate
The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
is committed to developing a work
In This Issue...
environment and a service delivery Celebrating our Youth Leaving Care pg1
system, free from all forms of
oppression, including racism. News from the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer
Report from the Annual General Meeting pg 2-3
Leading with excellence and working Caring Dads Program pg 4
in partnership, we will
create a city where children are safe, Engaging Fathers Too pg 5
families are strong and communities
are supported. Celebrating our Volunteers pg 6
Our MISSION Adoption Needed for Older Children pg 6
• Prevent situations that lead to child A Forever Family is for Every Child pg 7
abuse and neglect by embracing,
strengthening and supporting News from Adoption Disclosure Services pg 8
families and communities
• Protect children and youth from Celebrating our Foster Parents pg 9
abuse and neglect
• Provide safe and nurturing care for Personal Story from Former Client pg 10
children and youth
• Advocate to meet the needs of Congratulations to Heidi Kiang pg 11
children, youth, families and
communities Kinship Families Need Support Too pg 12
Our VALUES Saying Goodbye and Thanks to Anthony Eastman pg 12
We believe in:
• Placing the needs of children and Children’s Aid Foundation Corner pg 13
• Creating an environment that Celebrating PRIDE back
promotes trust, equality, respect,
diversity, openness and honesty
• Afﬁrming and valuing our staff, care
providers, clients and volunteers
• Promoting enduring relationships
for children and youth
• Being accountable and transparent
• Demonstrating excellence,
leadership, teamwork and innovation
Youth Recognition Night...
Celebrating Our Youth
By Catherine Snoddon, Communications Coordinator
“The keys to positive change rest in three areas: The power of awareness,
the power of focus, and the ability to take on new challenges gradually
– don’t beat yourself up so much.”
hese words shared by Da- The Honourable Deb Matthews, Vice Chair, Children’s Aid Founda-
vid Rivard, Chief Execu- Minister of Children and Youth tion. Special achievement awards
tive Ofﬁcer, at our annual Services joined in the celebration were handed out to three individuals
Youth Recognition Night- and congratulated our youth by for overcoming obstacles in their
came from Dr. John Izzo, a best-sell- recognizing the important role their lives to achieve either a personal or
ing author, who has made it his life relationships have had by saying, “I academic best.
work to foster workplaces of pur- would like to thank all those support-
pose, learning and renewal. These ive adults who have brought out the The most powerful part of the eve-
words were shared with our youth as best in you.” Peter Lee, Vice Chair, ning was when youth took the stage
a blueprint for Children’s and shared their thoughts about be-
success. Aid Founda- ing in care. All of the youth took the
tion, presented opportunity to thank their workers,
This year’s youth cur- some of whom joined the youth on
Youth Recogni- rently pursuing stage.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
tion Night at the Live the life you have imagined! post-second-
Delta Chelsea ary education Those youth that spoke were honest,
Hotel was a with awards passionate and heart-warming:
special celebra- to recognize
tion, a chance this special “I would like to thank
to recognize achievement. my foster family for treating
our youth leaving care and all that “I want you to know that mistakes me like their own, never giv-
they have accomplished. A record are an inevitable part of learning ing up on me and making me
71 youth attended, and all of them and growing independent, but The feel part of their family. I know
had the opportunity to say thanks to Children’s Aid Foundation is there now that people do change; it
their support system, which for many for you and we will do everything just takes time.”
includes their foster family and their we can to help support you in your
CAS of Toronto worker. new lives.” “I know that negativity follows
us; but positivity guides us and
Saying goodbye is never easy and “Every youth graduating tonight is CAS provided me with this
for most youth, we have been their special and has overcome a great structure.”
family. Lisa Lifshitz, Board Chair, deal to achieve success,” said Dar-
shared some advice, “What you lene Zambri, Children’s Service “I would like to thank myself
make of your life is up to you. Life Worker and host for the evening. As for being so strong and thanks
provides the canvas; you do the their names were called out, youth to everyone at CAS from the
painting. Remember that through walked on stage to receive a watch, bottom of my heart. You have
desire, goal setting and unﬂagging a gift bag and congratulations from stuck by me through thick and
effort you can have anything you Sherry Mosko, Director, Children thin.”
want. Persistence is the key to and Youth Services and Peter Lee,
A Message from the Chief Executive Officer...
Report from the Annual
By David Rivard
Our Board of Directors elected a new Board Chair at the Annual General
Meeting on June 18. Dr. Janet Morrison, a senior administrator at York
University and CAS of Toronto Board member since 1999, takes over Board
irstly let me thank Lisa for and work in our city. been Vice-President and Chief
her 9 years of service on the Financial Ofﬁcer with the Sherson
Board. Her dedicatcation With that in mind our new Board Group, an importer, wholesaler and
and commitment to chil- members are: retailer of family apparel and prod-
dren, youth, families and the com- • Geraldine Connelly, holds an ucts. Her Board experience includes
munity are very much appreciated. M.A. from the University of Chica- Big Sisters of Ontario and A Capella
go, and a Bachelor of Education De- Services for Young Women. Barbara
Dr. Morrison grew up in a home that gree from the University of Alberta. remains committed and sensitive
fostered children, has an adopted She recently retired as the Director to issues impacting on children and
brother, and has served as a volun- of Education for the largest School their families.
teer with various service agencies for Board in Canada – The Toronto
over twenty years. Her professional District School Board, a post she has • Victoria Kondo, holds a Bach-
and personal experience has taught held since 2005. Gerry is looking elors of Law and Education Degrees
her about the impact of poverty and forward to offering her time, energy from the University of Toronto. Cur-
the importance of providing stable and experience to serve on the Board rently, she is Deputy Director, Legal
and nurturing relationships and of the CAS of Toronto. Services Branch, Ministry of the
environments free of violence for all Environment. Her past Board experi-
children and youth. • Anthony Fralick, brings a strong ence includes the Japanese Canadian
background in IT Governance and Cultural Centre and the John Ross
The AGM also provided an oppor- Internal controls to the Board table. Robertson Child Care Centre. In her
tunity for the Board to ﬁll vacancies Currently, he is Director of Strategy current position, Victoria Chairs the
left by departing Board members. and Architecture for AstraZeneca Diversity Committee for the Legal
Knowing that there would be sev- Canada, a large pharmaceutical com- Services Branch.
eral vacancies to ﬁll in at the AGM, pany. In addition, he was the Chief
earlier this year the Board ran a very Privacy Ofﬁcer for Union Energy • Niru Kumar, possesses a Bach-
public recruitment campaign to at- and held a variety a progressively elors Degrees in Civil and Common
tract new potential Board candidates responsible IT positions in the Bank- Law and a B. Comm. from McGill
that reﬂect the diversity of Toronto ing/Investment industry. Anthony University. In addition, she holds
including ethnicity, culture, disabil- holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineer- a Certiﬁcate from the International
ity, economic, sexual orientation and ing from Queen’s University and is Institute of Human Rights, Stras-
gender identity. From a pool of over working towards a M.Sc. Degree in bourg, France. Since 2006, she has
50 applicants, seven new members Information Technology from the been a Director on the Board of the
were selected and will begin their University of Liverpool. Canadian Lawyers for International
terms with the Board in September. Human Rights and in 2008 became
Our Agency believes diversity of • Barbara Hopper, holds an a Director on the Board of Manor
perspectives is extremely impor- M.B.A. degree from Hawthorne Uni- Road Nursery School. Over the past
tant because it allows us to be more versity and is a Chartered several years, Niru has provided
reﬂective of the individuals who live Accountant. Since 2005, she has legal services to the Walkerton In-
A Message from the Chief Executive Officer...
We Believe in Helping Children Believe
quiry, the Ministry of Consumer and organizations in North America, is deﬁnitely a better governed organization,
Business Services, and the Electrical as a result of these individuals giving selﬂessly of their time.
Safety Authority. Thank you all and we wish you the very best.
• Haroldene (Deany) Peters,
brings twenty years of experience Annual Report 2008 to 2009
serving on Boards of not-for proﬁt The theme of this year’s annual report, “CAS of Toronto Believes In...” is a
organizations, primarily in the down- celebration of our core values that have helped make better beginnings for
town East end of the City of Toronto. children, youth and families for over 100 years.
She has served on the Regent Park
Residents Association, Regent Park The following is a selection of some of these core values. To read our annual
Community Health Centre, Regent report, please visit TorontoCAS.ca/Publications.
Park Focus Youth Media Arts Cen-
tre and Dixon Hall, to name a few.
For the past seventeen years, Deany
has been employed as a Community
Development Worker in Regent Park
and brings forth a wealth of front-
line and Board experience.
• Aqeel Saeid, holds a Ph.D. from
the University of Putra Malaysia, an
M.A. from the University of Bagh-
dad, and is currently working on an
M.A. in Criminology at U of T. At
the present time, he is a Counsellor
with the Toronto Catholic District
School Board. He also facilitates
group sessions for Arab children
traumatized by war and immigration
(Playing with Rainbows) and has
worked as a Settlement Counsellor
for the Arab Community Centre of
To our departing Board members,
Kerry Bowser, Marguerite Jackson,
Stephen Lewis, Susan Makin, Liz
Rykert, and Susan Silva-Wayne, goes
our heartfelt thanks for your excep-
tional service to the Agency over the
The Children’s Aid Society of To-
ronto, one of the largest child welfare
Caring Dads Program
A Growing Success
By Terry Smith, Family Service Worker
“Caring Dads is for Kids, every dad wants the best for their children and this program will
deﬁnitely help toward that.”
completed the program have pro- referrals have been sent to Family
vided invaluable feedback in describ- Service Toronto, and 40 men have
ing the need for such programs and completed the program. I continue
services for men. One group member to work closely with Family Service
explained that the Children’s Aid Toronto, meet and present to staff at
Society Social Worker told him that the Children’s Aid Society of Toron-
he needed to be a better father. He to about the program. It has proven
stated that he didn’t know how to to be very rewarding for the fathers
be a better father and that he does we are supporting.
what he knows how to do,
what he was taught. He “It help[ed] me realize that I’m not
ur Agency has started the only person going through this”.
several projects that sup- said that he learned things
port our ongoing focus in this group that other
“Group sessions and support are helpful“.
of working with men fathers may have learned
more effectively than we have in the from their father or other “What we learned in the group, shows in
past. In the spring of 2007, myself positive male role models, our day to day life”.
and several other colleagues attended and that he didn’t learn
the Caring Dads training at Family positive things from his “The group helped me realize that how I
Service Toronto. father, which put him and speak affects everyone in the house”.
other group members at a
The Caring Dads Program is a 17 disadvantage. For further information about the
week program created to help work Caring Dads Program or to make a
with fathers who are abusive toward The programs success continues to referral, please contact Family
their children and/or their partners. grow and to date, approximately 100 Service Toronto at 416-595-9618.
Given the positive feedback from the
staff who attended the training, I was
assigned as the Caring Dads Liaison
to work closely with our staff and
Family Service Toronto to seek refer-
rals and promote the program across
the agency. Since then, numerous
presentations to staff and supervisors GOLF DAY
have been done, one to one inter-
views with clients were completed, Just FORE fun
consultations about appropriate refer-
rals made and men who completed June 22nd
the program were interviewed about
‘Best Dressed Team’ Winners from left to right; Laura Tobin,
The men I have talked to who have Maria Tapia, Louise Tremeer and Kim Wolak pose with David Rivard.
Engaging Fathers Too
Tri-Service Team focuses on engaging fathers
By Kathy Duncan, Tri-Service Supervisor and As beautiful as you are, as much
Diana Stucchi, Tri-Service, Family Service Worker
as I wanted to and would have
esearch has shown that loved to raise you, I had to make
working on parenting his daughter
a decision, not based on what
child welfare workers with the help of our Agency. I wanted, but rather based on
don’t always put enough
what is best for you. Where I am
effort into ﬁnding fathers *The following letter, written by in life always changes, some-
of children we are working with or a father whose daughter became a times things are good, but most
put enough emphasis on building Crown Ward of our Agency, serves of the time they are bad. I have
a relationship with these fathers. as poignant reminder of the need to mental health issues including
Further, this research has shown include fathers in children’s lives. anxiety, obsessive compulsive
that, contrary to popular opinion, the This is a particular situation where disorder and depression for all
majority of fathers involved with the father relinquished his child in a of which I am taking medica-
the child welfare system do see their loving way. The majority of the men tion. Unfortunately, these medi-
children on a regular we work with are cations only moderately help
basis and many of able to stay active in me, and sometimes not at all. I
these fathers do pro- their children’s lives. am not able to really look after
vide ﬁnancial support. myself, or my dog, to keep my
*At the time of job, or a friend, an apartment or
The Tri-Service Team writing this, I am a relationship of any kind. I am
25 years old and not a “dead-beat father” who
at our Agency has been
living with my doesn’t care about you or his
placing a particular
aunt, uncle and own life and responsibility etc. I
focus on ﬁnding and am a guy who cares very much,
engaging fathers for cousins at their
home. I did not but unfortunately has many
every family they help.
This work has sup- have a very good problems that need to be over-
relationship at all come before taking responsibil-
ported these research ity for another person’s life.
with my mother,
ﬁndings and reminds
and I have had
all of us working with
many problems in I had to make a real and hard
children of the impor- the past that she decision based on what is best
tant role that fathers could not cope for you. That decision was to
play. with. My aunt and uncle had to have you raised by a family who
take me into their home when had the means both ﬁnancially
One father who received support I was 17 and I have been liv- and emotionally to raise a beau-
from our Agency was not actively ing with them on and off since tiful girl.
involved in his child’s life. Howev- then. My immediate family fell
apart when I was 12 years old, I have faith in the CAS and your
er, through a lot of hard work on his
after my father died suddenly caseworker that they will ﬁnd
part he has successfully overcome
of a heart attack. I have not and pick a wonderful family
his addiction and anger issues. Our to raise you and properly care
worker always gave him hope that been close at all with my sisters
he could be part of his daughter’s or mom since then and am only for you, teach you, guide you,
slowly beginning to develop a provide for you and love you in
life and made sure that he was kept a positive environment, the way
informed about her. This communi- relationship with my brother.
you deserve to be loved and
cation and support was an important raised.
motivator and this father is now
Celebrating our Volunteers... Older Children
Volunteer Recognition 2009
By Lori Gibbard, Volunteer Services Coordinator
uring National Volunteer ago and has been a Special Friend to
Week, we celebrated our several children. One of our par-
volunteers at our an- ents reported that, “their child’s face
nual Recognition event just lights up when he speaks with
held on April 25. The theme for this Marion on the phone.” Marion has
event was “Celebrating Diversity” also offered Parent Relief to a moth-
and volunteers were sent their invita- er recovering from hip surgery, and
tions in the form of a passport, which has assisted with several research
they brought with them. Photographs assignments.
were taken to attach, and participants
moved through the various conti- Thank you Marion, and all our vol- n Friday, April 24 we
nents of the world tasting interna- unteers for your time, effort, partner- co-hosted a media con-
tional ﬁnger foods from the various ship and dedication in spreading the ference along with the
countries within the continents. good news of the difﬁcult work we Adoption Council of
do here at the Children’s Aid Society Ontario to draw attention to the need
Our participants were entertained of Toronto. for families to adopt older children.
throughout the event by an interna- Pat Convery, Executive Director,
tionally known musician, songwriter *Please note: We are especially Adoption Council of Ontario, David
and sound therapist, Gary Diggins in need of male volunteers for Rivard, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, and
and his group of celebrated musi- Special Friend assignments and Kaushala Mahesan Wendy’s Wonder-
cians known as “Triune”. volunteers who can travel outside ful Kids Recruiter spoke about the
the GTA to support children and beneﬁts and opportunities of adopt-
youth in our care. ing a child who is older. They were
One of the highlights of
this event is the pre- joined by adoption advocates Mary-
sentation of the Crystal anne and Zoë Bourgeois. Zoë, who
Heart Award to honour was adopted as a teenager, spent nine
a volunteer or group of and a half years in New Brunswick’s
volunteers whose com- foster care system before being
mitment to volunteer- adopted by Maryanne, who is an
ism has been demon- adoptee herself.
strated through length
of service, multiple as- Finding homes for older children is a
signments and outstand- top priority for the CAS of Toronto.
ing service. This year’s We currently have two Wendy’s
recipient was Marion Wonderful Kids Recruiters who spe-
Radsma. cialize in ﬁnding homes for older and
special needs children.
Marion began volun- Gary Diggins and his ‘Triune’ entertained
teering over 29 years participants at the event.
A “Forever Family” Is for Every Child
By Catherine Snoddon, Communications Coordinator
“I would like to get love and affection and all those things I haven’t
had before.” - Angela, young girl wanting a forever family.
they would with a younger child. more involved with the adoption
“A lot of the ‘problems’ can actu- process than younger children. Their
ally be positive. Older children are voice is heard throughout the en-
able to have conversations and can tire process and their personalities
be a lot easier to relate to and get to and characteristics help us create a
know.” Kaushala Mahesan, Adoption proﬁle of the type of parent that we
Worker at CAS of Toronto, went on feel would best be able to meet their
to say, “Sometimes people are wor- needs. The adoption journey tends to
ried that they might miss out with be a much longer process in order for
an older child on a lot of ‘ﬁrsts’, but everyone to get to know each other
many children who have been living gradually.
“ When we met our son,
Stephen, he was seven years
old and I can honestly say that
in the care of a CAS may not have
had the same opportunities as other
children. Birthday parties, trips to
Adopting an older child is a learn-
ing process for everyone involved
the zoo, being on a baseball team can and like any situation where you
we fell in love with him right
all be experiences that you share for are learning, sometimes it requires
away. Alex, adoptive father,
the ﬁrst time together, as a family.” support. Families that adopt older
went on to say, “People gen-
children receive extra help which can
erally think about adoption
A relatively new focus for children’s include having a Child and Youth
with babies and very young
aid societies is trying to ﬁnd homes Counsellor work with the family
children, but older children
for teenagers. “Teenagers need while everyone adjusts to one an-
need parents too. What will
families as much as anybody, per- other. Child and Youth Counsellors
happen to these children if
haps more. They really need a car- can provide support throughout the
they don’t get this kind of
ing adult to guide them through the adjustment period and beyond that
process of becoming an adult, said time if needed. Jean, an adoptive
Kaushala. Parenting a teen is often mom to an older child says, “A social
hildren living in the care
tough, but there is real opportunity worker through CAS came to coach
of a children’s aid society
to bond and shape someone’s life me on some of the situations we
are counting on us. Like a
forever.” were facing. She would model some
good parent we need to do
behaviours to try while I watched. It
everything we can to make sure they
There are some real perks to be- was really helpful for me.”
are loved, nurtured and supported.
ing a Mom or Dad of an older child
Research has shown again and again
and one of them is no more diapers! In the end parenting any child brings
that the best way to do this is in a
Older children are usually done its own unique challenges, heart-
permanent home like that of an adop-
with baby stuff. On a more serious breaks and joys, but the impact you
note, older children are usually more can have on a child’s life is simply
knowledgeable about their birth par- immeasurable. “When I see my son
Finding families who are interested
ents and history, which can be very laugh, truly laugh, then I know that I
in caring for older children can be
helpful for them being able to move have done a good job. It is so beauti-
challenging. Many people are fear-
on with their life. ful to see and such a reward to know
ful that there will be problems with
we have helped to create that happi-
an older child and that they won’t be
Children who are older are much ness” says Jean.
able to bond with an older child as
News from Adoption Disclosure..
Adoption Disclosure Services Are Changing
New Rules Beginning June 1
By Adoption and Crown Ward Disclosure Services
The Access to Adoption Records Act (AARA) was introduced in December
of 2007 and passed in May of 2008.
he Ontario Government has A corporation, if guilty of this of- being sought is likely to derive a
changed its laws governing fence, may be ﬁned up to $250,000. direct medical beneﬁt.
access to adoption records.
The Access to Adoption An individual may also submit a Adopted adults, adoptive parents,
Records Act (AARA) was introduced contact preference notice, indicat- birth parents, birth siblings, birth
in December of 2007 and passed in ing how he or she would like to be grandparents, birth aunts and uncles,
May of 2008. This act will allow contacted after the release of his or and children of deceased adopted
adopted adults and birth parents to her post-adoption birth information adults can still request non-identify-
obtain identifying information about (e.g., by phone, email, etc.). How- ing information from the Children’s
each other. The government refers to ever, there are no penalties if contactAid Society (CAS) that handled the
this identifying information as “post- is made in a manner that is different adoption. If an individual does not
adoption information.” than indicated on the notice. know which CAS handled the adop-
tion, he or she may request from
Beginning on June 1, 2009, an Adopted adults and birth parents Service Ontario an application form
adopted adult will be able to apply who do not wish to have their identi- for non-identifying information. If it
for a copy of his or her original birth fying information released have the is determined that the adoption was
registration, which normally contains option to submit a disclosure veto handled by a CAS, the individual
the birth mother’s name at the time (providing the adoption was ﬁnal- will be re-directed to the appropriate
of the birth, as well as a copy of his ized prior to September 1, 2008). A agency. If the adoption was arranged
or her adoption order. Once an ad- disclosure veto prevents the release privately, the Custodian of Adop-
opted person has reached the age of of any information found in birth tion Information will release the
19, his or her birth parent, if eligible, registrations and adoption orders that non-identifying information in their
will be able to apply for information would identify the person who ﬁled possession.
from the adopted person’s original the veto.
and substituted birth registrations Service Ontario is the door to the
and adoption order, including the The Adoption Disclosure Register is public for all provincial govern-
person’s adoptive name. (An eligible a government service that matches ment services, including adoption
birth parent is one who is listed on adopted adults with birth relatives. information disclosure. The public
the adopted person’s original birth Both the adopted adult and the birth can access information, application
registration.) relative must have submitted their forms and supporting guides for
names and contact information to all available adoption information
An individual who does not want to the Register in order to be matched. disclosure services online at ontario.
be contacted after the release of his When a match is made, the contact ca/en/residents/111872 or by calling
or her post-adoption birth informa- information submitted to the Register 1-800-461-2156 or
tion (i.e., identifying information) is the information that is provided to 416-325-8305.
can submit a no-contact notice. Vio- each of the parties matched.
lating a no-contact notice is an of- Further questions can be directed to
fence, and an individual who violates The Custodian of Adoption Informa- the Children’s Aid Society of
a no-contact notice may be subject to tion may conduct a search in the case Toronto’s Adoption Disclosure
a penalty of up to $50,000. of severe illness, where the person Services at 416-924-4640 ext. 3595.
requesting the search or the person
Management who has helped spon-
Celebrating our Foster Parents... sor this event for the past three years.
The Stars of Our Agency Our foster parent celebrities were
entertained by Peter Jarvis otherwise
By Dawna Cramer, Foster Care Intake and Recruitment known as Silver Elvis. The highlight
The Stars were out during the day. Foster parents of the afternoon was our own ver-
sion of the Oscar presentations with
and staff donned their finest attire at the 7th
Jib Jab clips featuring some of our
annual foster parent tea, on June 2, with a Day at foster parents and staff representing
the Oscars theme.
the winning categories for this award
Claudi Biscotti, Dunwoody Booth, show.
ver 185 people walked
the red carpet and had Dufflets, Faema, Flour Girls, Gala-
pogos Imports, Goddess Chocolates Many of our guests dressed up in
their photos taken by our
and Cakes, Herbal Infusion, Holly- their finery for the day, some repre-
resident staff paparazzi
wood Standups, Home Sweet Home, senting their favourite celebrities.
Irma D’Alonzo, Mumtaz Waljee and
Illy Espresso Ltd, Kernels Popcorn, It would have been very difficult to
Ferdinand Herrera. Our own E-Hol-
, Lindt Sprungli, Lovely Cuppa, say who would make this year’s best
lywood commentators Katie Gibson
McCall’s Baking Supplies, Margaret dressed list. However, there is no
and Luc Drouin conducted red carpet
Pommer, Pos- question which of our stars caused
ticino Restau- the biggest fashion reaction. Carol
were captured on
rante, Reunion Lummis, arrived in Björk’s memo-
video by Visual
Island Coffee, rable swan dress, to the applause and
The Movie Post- laughter of all. She certainly left her
raphy and Videog-
er Warehouse, mark (and many, many of her feath-
Soma Choco- ers), all over this event.
Hosting the event lates, Stubbe
was Marc Mac- Chocolates,
Sweetcheeks Fa- The day the stars came out was a
vours, Tea Frog memorable one, and fitting tribute to
Teas, Timex of our Agency’s stars, our foster par-
Canada, Twisted ents, whose dedication and devotion
and Luc, “James
Sisters, Unique to children in care is life transform-
Party Supplies, ing. All are winners in our eyes.
The room at Warner Brothers
the Franciscan of Canada, and
Church of St Waterdale Floral
Bonaventure was Supplies
transformed into a Left to Right: Peter Jarvis aka
Hollywood venue ‘Sliver Elvis’ and Carol Lummis A very spe-
thanks to linens aka ‘Björk’. cial “A Star is
by Chair Décor Born” diamond
Etc, tableware from A and S Special encrusted star shaped pendant was
Events and Balloon Decor Yorli. provided by Nuno Rocha of the
Diamond Studio was won by Foster
Door prizes and event props were Parent Carlene Brown.
donated by: Acco Canada Ltd.,
Algonquin Tea Company, Bacon A buffet luncheon suited for any red
Basketware, Bulova Watch Com- carpet event was provided by Food Janie Ryan at the bus stop
pany, Camcarb, Celestial Delights, For Thought Catering and Event with ‘Marilyn’.
I needed a place for my children who
Personal Story from Former Client.. were to be returned shortly to live. I
found a place in community housing
You Live and You Learn for my children and myself. I moved
in, and had my children returned to
The following is a personal story written by a former client
me within a month.
that demonstrates how positive changes can happen
with the right combination of support and determination.
As a result of my experience, I have
n 2005, after I had my second son, I got into some trouble with the learned a tough lesson in life and
law. I had a boyfriend who was abusive and drank a lot. One night, I made a promise to my children and
went out to have a good time and when I returned home he was drink- myself. “Try your best to avoid
ing as he was watching our son. I became very belligerent and abusive conﬂict by using the tools I learned
towards my boyfriend. Soon after, the police were called and I was arrested during anger management and stress
for assaulting my boyfriend. I was incarcerated for the long weekend and managements programs and look for
my children were apprehended by the CAS and placed with my boyfriend’s familiar patterns.” Break the pattern
mother for the period of a year. of abuse. My conclusion is that no
matter what happens, things work
After I was released from jail, I had many things that needed to be done out as long as you take simple steps
before I could have my children returned. To begin, I had to live in a instead of jumping. It may take time
women’s shelter where most of the women were drug users. Many of them but will beneﬁt you in the end.
just lived on the premises, and had been living there for some time. I felt
uncomfortable, but I needed to do what I had to do in order for my children
to be returned. I was referred to a program at The Center for Addiction and
Mental Health on the accusation I was an alcoholic because I was incarcer-
ated under the inﬂuence. I completed the three-week live-in program. Dur- Communicate is produced by the
Communications Department of the
ing the time I was in the program, I lost my apartment, so there was no place
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
for my children to return to. As a result, I returned to the women’s shelter
and completed a number of parenting programs recommended by Children’s Comments, letters to the editor, and
Services, which included anger management and urine tests three times a submissions may be forwarded to:
week to ensure I was not drinking alcohol. During the court proceedings, Catherine Snoddon and Rob Thompson,
I was sent to a probation ofﬁcer who referred me to a PAR (Partner Assault
Response) program, which included becoming aware of the signs of abuse Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
and learning about anger management. Again, I completed the program. 30 Isabella Street
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Congratulations to Heidi Kiang... Request...
Ryerson’s Field Instructor of A Speaker
the Year Confused about the role of
the CAS of Toronto in our
ongratulations are in order for Heidi Kiang, not only has she
recently been appointed as Interim Director, Volunteer Services,
but she was awarded the distinction of being the Field Instructor
of the Year from Ryerson’s School of Social Work. Not sure when to call the
CAS of Toronto?
The School of Social Work ac-
knowledges Field Instructors’ Need some help learning
commitment to quality social work
positive ways to discipline
education in part through the Field
Instructor of the Year Award. children?
The success of the ﬁeld placement Get the answers to
experience is largely dependent these and many more
upon the energy, time and exper- questions by
tise that practitioners are willing
requesting a speaker
to share with students. The Field
Instructor of the Year Award is one from our Speakers
small way that the School of Social Bureau to visit your
Work acknowledges and celebrates organization.
this important role and those who
support students as Field Instruc- The CAS of Toronto Speak-
Left to Right: Heidi Kiang and ers Bureau is a group of 100
Bobbi Moore. people, made up of our staff.
Heidi was nominated by Bobbi
Moore, her placement student. Bobbi wrote many reasons why she believed We routinely visit organi-
Heidi should receive this distinction. zations to explain our role
within the community and
Here are some of her thoughts: your responsibility in helping
us protect kids from abuse
Heidi is a wonderful person and supervisor. She is incredible at creat-
ing a space of equality and respect. Although I am aware that as my and neglect.
supervisor she has a lot of power, she is always willing to hear me and
learn from me. I can honestly say that my time here at CAS of Toron- We are happy to tailor our
to has changed the way I see myself. My disability is now changing
to ABILITY! Heidi has given me plenty of room to create my learning
presentation to your group’s
path here. I have learned a lot from Heidi that I will use as a Social speciﬁc request.
Worker. I have learned how important it is to always be aware of the
power differences within relationships. Although they do exist, she Visit our website at
has taught me that there is no reason to fear making mistakes and
that in trusting relationships the power can be shared, and is chang- TorontoCAS.ca for more
ing over time during the relationship. As a result, I am learning to be information and submit your
a lot more comfortable speaking, taking risks and challenging myself request today!
as a student and as a person. Thank you so much Heidi for helping
me along this journey of change and acceptance of myself.
Kinship Families Need
A family is a group of members who love you.
A family is a group of members who need you.
A family is a group of people you love.
A family is a group of people who will be there for you.
Torrie Jackson Saying Goodbye
inship, or caring for children who biologically do not belong to and Thanks to...
you, but who are connected through blood, family ties or any
meaningful relationship, is changing the face of family. When Anthony
children cannot live at home safely with their parents, we are
committed to ﬁrst trying to have them stay with someone with whom they
Foster Care Resource Worker
have an emotional connection.
our very ﬁrst
and caregivers e would like to con-
in one group gratulate Anthony
and children in Eastman, Foster Care
the other. The Resource Worker,
groups were who recently retired from our Agen-
led by Amanda Forbes and Tiffany Allison, both Kinship Care Workers. cy after 28 years of service. Your
Over a six-week time period families and children got to talk about some team would especially like to ac-
of the challenges they were facing in their new roles as parents while learn- knowledge the many years of caring
ing about the resources that are available to kinship families. The Support and hard work that you provided.
Group really helped families ﬁnd a sense of community as many of them The last 11 years at our Agency
felt disconnected from everyone else as their family doesn’t necessarily look which were spent with your col-
like the traditional family. This was felt particularly among the children: leagues in the Foster Care and Adop-
two young people in the group were actually classmates who had no idea tion department will not be forgotten,
they were both living in kinship families as they didn’t feel comfortable particularly your laughter and your
being open about this information. sense of humour.
The group was very well received and there are plans to have more Support Enjoy your time golﬁng and playing
Groups in the future. tennis. On behalf of everyone at
CAS of Toronto, we wish you all
Thanks to everyone for making this pilot project such a success! the best!
of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
Children’s Aid Foundation... Marathon. We couldn’t be happier or
Corner more excited!
Both gentleman spoke about their
We are looking for participants for
Youth come out to learn personal experiences and the re-
the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
wards of working in the construction
more about apprenticeship industry.
Marathon to join “Team CAF” and
help to raise funds for our children
programs! in need. With a 5km run/walk, half
Special thanks to the
marathon and marathon, there is an
Children’s Aid Foundation
event that everyone can participate in
(cafdn.org) for coordinating
on September 27th, 2009!
this event and for hosting
lunch for everyone.
We have a friendly competition go-
ing between the Children’s Aid Soci-
For anyone unable to at-
ety agencies participating on behalf
tend the presentation but
of the Foundation’s team. Durham,
interested in learning more
Peel, York and CAS of Toronto have
about working in the trades
signed on to help raise funds for
and Local 183 please con-
your individual agencies. We know
tact Sherri McMullen,
how you like a good competition so
Children’s Service Worker at
Left to Right: John Campbell, Sherri get signed up or coerce a co-worker,
416.924.4646 ext 2233.
McMullen, Risa Abella and family member or friend to sign up
Vince Varano. so that you can sponsor them.
What are you doing For more information on the
n May 28 almost 30
September 27, 2009? event and how to register to
youth attended a pre-
run or to sponsor a participant,
sentation by Local 183 Join us to help make a visit cafdn.org/scotiabankmar-
and Tridel. Risa Abella,
Local 183 Apprenticeship & Training difference thon2009.aspx or contact Rebecca
Llewellyn at 416.923.0924 x235 or
Coordinator, spoke candidly about
his year the Children’s firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you
apprenticeships available through
Aid Foundation has been have registered contact Rebecca to
Local 183 and the opportunities
fortunate to be named one let her know you want your fundrais-
that can be realized by pursuing a
of three featured charities ing going back to CAS of Toronto.
career in the trades. Attendees were
interested to learn that Local 183 is
North America’s largest construction
union. Some youth were interested
in signing up for the apprenticeship
program right away, while others
wanted to learn more. To that end,
Local 183 will be hosting a “shad-
owing” day at its training facility in
A career in the trades was further
highlighted by Vince Varano, a mem-
ber of Local 183 currently employed
at Professional Carpentry, and John 2008 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
McIlvery, Site Supervisor, Tridel. Marathon Children’s Aid Society of Toronto participants.
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto has...
Proud to be
YOU and ME!
Congratulations are in order for Richardson Winners at North Branch are all smiles! From
Residence, winners of the PRIDE Branches Out, left to right, Karim Morgan, Temporary
Internal Resources, contest. Administrative Assistant and Sandra
Fontenelle, Family Service Worker.
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