KAWARTHA LAKES- 842 families residing in the City of Kawartha Lakes were served by the KHCAS in some way in 2020/21. This represents about 25% of the total families supported by the organization during that time period according to the city.
On Dress Purple Day, October 27, 2021, Children’s Aid Societies collaborate with key partners to speak up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being in all spaces.
Today Kawartha Lakes is sharing the message that help is available; no one is alone.
Dress Purple Day offers an opportunity to remind adults about the important role they play in supporting vulnerable children, youth and families. This includes every adult’s legal duty to call their local Children’s Aid Society (CAS) if they have a concern about the safety or well-being of a child or youth.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stresses for families, and in some cases has increased risk for the well-being and safety of vulnerable children, youth and families. Residents in need of help are encouraged to reach out to the services available in our community, including the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (KHCAS), or if they know a young person or family in need of support,” shared Janine Mitchell, Manager of Human Services for the municipality of Kawartha Lakes.
“Fundraising is critically important as we head into Christmas season. Our Santa’s Sleigh program will be running again this year, but will look a little different due to the pandemic. Now more than ever, the need is great. Gift cards to help meet children and families basic needs such as meals and warm winter clothing are also greatly needed,” commented Shelly Lair, Service Manager Protection, KHCAS.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, partnerships across the social services system have proven essential to ensuring that families continue to receive the supports they need to stay healthy and well. Dress Purple Day is an opportunity to showcase those partnerships and innovative approaches to service delivery and to recognize the important work of Children’s Aid Societies.