Children's Aid Society Services: Family Support, Adoption, Childcare, Child Protection, Family Services, Foster Care and Residential, Child Welfare

Child Protection

The focus of the Society is on child safety; however we all share a responsibility to protect children and youth from harm – a responsibility that extends to those situations where children and youth suffer abuse and neglect in their own homes.

Our Child Protection workers are trained professionals whose objective is to work in collaboration with the family and community service partners, to resolve any concerns or struggles they may be experiencing. The Society offers services to the family to assist the parents in ensuring that the children or youth receive safe and nurturing care at home.

Usually, services are provided while the child continues to reside at home. Sometimes children and youth are unable to remain in their family home. In these situations, every effort is made to place a child in a home sensitive to their racial, ethnic, cultural and religious background. It is the practice of the agency to place children and youth with extended family whenever possible. When this is not possible; the preferred option is with foster parents. Keeping siblings together is also a priority for the Society. Unless a family court Judge restricts access, regular visits are scheduled between the parents and the child or youth in care. Our main goal is to work toward reuniting children with their families. If however, a situation is deemed too serious, a permanent plan is developed and presented before a Family Court Judge.

The Society is here for you! The best way to deal with child abuse and neglect is to prevent it. We encourage you to contact us before family problems get out of control. The Society can help you by providing information and referrals to other community services. The Society helps families through difficult situations by supporting and strengthening their relationships, so they are able to parent their children safely. With help from our community and other organizations, we’re able to offer services and programs for families in need.