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How Can I Participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month?

Child Abuse Prevention is truly a community responsibility. There are many ways to participate in the campaign during October and even more ways to be an agent of prevention throughout the year.  Here are just a few ways you can make a difference:
 
 
Organize a "Go Purple Day" at Your Workplace or School 

Select a day and Go Purple at your workplace. We will supply everything you need to make your day a success. You can contact us directly to REQUEST 'GO PURPLE' RESOURCES, including purple ribbons, posters or other supplies.

You can also call 519-252-1171 x1802.

To download the registration form, click here.  DOWNLOAD 'GO PURPLE' REGISTRATION FORM

 

Prevention Through Education
 
Learn more about how to identify child abuse and your duty to report suspected abuse. There are many resources on this website to assist you. 
 
To learn more about your Duty to Report Suspected Child Abuse please visit our REPORTING ABUSE page.

This website also contains resources dedicated to various parenting topics including personal safety, Internet safety, positive parenting, sexual abuse prevention, fire safety, and much more!! For parenting information, printable resources, and links to helpful websites, please visit our PARENT'S CORNER and our TEACHER'S CORNER.

 

Book a Free Community Presentation  

Whether you require a professional in-service, a parenting workshop, or a children's presentation, we can customize a session to suit your group's unique learning needs. Our interactive presentations always include an opportunity for questions and discussion.  Our KIDS ON THE BLOCK PUPPET PROGRAM is also available throughout the year, providing valuable information in an entertaining and non-threatening manner.

Through our community presentations we can assist you in learning more about the following topics:

  • Identifying and Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
  • The Role of the Children's Aid Society
  • Parenting Laws in Canada and The Child and Family Services Act
  • Positive Parenting - strategies for reducing physical discipline and physical abuse
  • Healthy Sexuality/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Sexual Education for Parents
  • Age of Consent to Sexual Activity
  • Bullying and Relational Aggression
  • Newcomers Presentations: Parenting in Canada - An Introduction to Canadian Laws
  • Kids on the Block Puppet Program

Presentations are available for: 

  • Children and Youth
  • Parents
  • Educators and Childcare Professionals
  • Dental and Medical Professionals
  • College and University Classes
  • Recreational and Camp Staff
  • Scout, Brownie and Guide Groups
  • Churches, Mosques, and Faith Communities 
  • Service Clubs, Parent Associations, and Volunteer Associations
  • Community Service Providers
  • And many more!!

To book a free community presentation, contact CHARLOTTE LEFRANK, Public Education Coordinator. 519-252-1171 x1802.

 

Become a Volunteer  

Reap the rewards of volunteerism as you make a difference in your community.  The Windsor-Essex Children's Aid provides many great  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES including: 

  • Kids on the Block Puppet Program
  • Volunteer Transportation
  • Mentoring and Tutoring
  • Special Events

To learn more about volunteering contact Volunteer Coordinator Carol Lockhart at 519-252-1171 x1262.

 

Consider Fostering or Adopting

Consider opening your home and heart to a child in need.  Foster Care and Adoption can be very rewarding. 

We welcome inquiries from all cultural groups, faith communities, and LGBTQ identities/orientations. 

November is Adoption Awareness Month! WECAS will be hosting community information sessions during this month.  READ MORE ABOUT ADOPTION

To learn more about Adoption, please call Darcy Thachuk at 519-252-1171 x2740

October is also home to Foster Parent Appreciation Week. READ ABOUT FOSTERING A FUTURE
 
To learn more about Foster Parents contact Dawn Rocheleau at 519-252-1171 x3774

 

Show Your Support by Making a Donation 

The Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Foundation fundraises to provide support to children, youth and families.  You can sponsor a specific program or make a general donation to be used where the need is greatest.

Sponsorship Opportunities Include: 

  • Public Education and Prevention (Kids on the Block, Community Events and Awareness Campaigns)
  • Holiday Giving Program for families in need
  • Bursary & Scholarship Fund to support the post-secondary aspirations of our kids in care
  • Fresh Air Summer Camp Program
  • Volunteer Homework Program
  • Youth Events - celebrating their accomplishments and helping to learn new skills
  • Parenting Programs and Classes

To learn more about sponsorship visit the  WINDSOR-ESSEX CHILDREN'S AID FOUNDATION website.

 

What Else Can I Do?

There are many ways to be agents of child abuse prevention every day.  We salute the many organizations and individuals who support, educate, and advocate for parents, children, and families.  Together, we can all help reduce harm and ensure a bright future for all our children!

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