With the growing numbers of children and youth experiencing challenges to their mental health, and the added effects of Covid-19 pandemic safety measures such as restrictions and isolation for safety, The Children’s Foundation wants to focus on delivering programs to children and youth that will strengthen and support their physical, mental and emotional health and to offer mental health support where greater needs are identified.
The Children’s Foundation, working with Highland Shores Children’s Aid, identifies at-risk children and youth’s mental health as a priority. The Highland Shores Children’s Aid has a team of trained social workers who are able to identify those at greatest risk in terms of their mental health, and offer support and resources to them, or refer them to other professionals, often before they are in crisis.
The ‘Strive To Thrive’ program will offer activities aimed at creating positive self esteem for children and youth, as well as providing life-skills training and care kits for older youth living on their own for the first time.DONATE NOW
What is Playing for Keeps? For children, little things like joining soccer teams or learning to play an instrument are often the highlights of their childhood. What they don’t realize is that activities like these actually help children develop socially by teaching them how to conduct themselves in a group or team environment. It also provides an escape for some children with an unhealthy home situation. The Playing for Keeps Program strives to give high-risk children/youths the opportunities to experience the fun of being a child and not be excluded from the activities their friends are enjoying. Experts agree, when children participate in a recreational activity, they are not only learning a specific ability or talent; they are learning skills that will last them a lifetime… they are Playing for Keeps.DONATE NOW
Every year, children in our communities enjoy the enriching experience of attending camp through the Camps of Hope Program. Camps of Hope helps to pay registration fees for families in need. We strive to give all children and youth the opportunity to experience the fun of being a child and to not be excluded from the activities their friends are enjoying. The experience of going to camp, whether an outdoor camp, day camp, arts, or sports camp can be an enriching experience and for some, their first chance to venture outside their neighborhoods. For others, it’s an exciting opportunity for exploration and growth. It provides children with an opportunity to develop their social skills, self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, and leadership skills. The Camps of Hope program is available throughout the year, March break, during the summer and winter breaks as well.
In 2015 The Children’s Foundation funded a RAP Camp for Youth through the Camps of Hope program. It is projects like these that make you understand just how important your support is. Take a listen and if you would like more information on where you can purchase this CD call our office at 613-962-9292DONATE NOW
The Helping Hands Program continues to fill a gap in service to the prenatal population at risk of, or currently involved with Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society. Helping Hands continues to provide hands-on support through direct (face-to-face) contact with the mothers we serve. Although Hastings County has a number of prenatal supports and programs, many mothers fail to take advantage of what is available to them. This gap in service is addressed by the Program because we develop a trusting and therapeutic relationship with our mothers, helping them identify the services and supports they require, and preparing them to engage in service by reducing any barriers and fears they may have. Many times, the Helping Hands Worker holds the hands of the mother as she takes her first steps towards engaging with community supports. In essence, the Program mothers the mothers to be. Through this Parallel Process we are teaching our mothers healthy attachment. The Program supports and assists these mothers with developing personal action plans that bring about meaningful change to address potential child protection risk(s) they may present to their unborn baby.DONATE NOW
Bursaries are provided to students in the care of the Highland Shores Children’s Aid to pursue post-secondary education. As well, youth awards are provided to local children in care to acknowledge their own personal achievements in one of six categories (Arts, Sports, Volunteerism, Culture & Heritage, Academics, and Personal Best). Our Reach for Success Youth Awards honour children and youth who have overcome many barriers to achieve their goals. We believe that nothing should stand in the way of the educational aspirations of any child, especially the dreams of someone who has already come so far. Helping children stay in school will always be worth the investment. Last year, The Children’s Foundation gave out over $70,000 in Bursaries and awards to children and youth living in Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties. No donation is too small; we graciously accept all contributions to this amazing program.DONATE NOW
The relationship between unsafe sleeping practices and unexplained infant deaths has become clear, so much so that Health Canada has issued new guidelines and resources to promote the safest way for infants to sleep. Highland Shores Children’s Aid has an increased focus on safe-sleeping practices and strongly believes in the preventative nature of programs like the Sleep Safe Baby Program. Just as we would no longer transport children in a car without car seats and seatbelts, or allow our children to bike without helmets, we need to ensure that when children are put to bed at night they are not at risk. Just as many of the families that we work with cannot afford recreational opportunities for their kids, neither can they afford the costs of cribs and crib mattresses for their infants. As a result, babies sleep on couches, adult beds, or in other inappropriate and unsafe sleeping arrangements. In order to maintain the integrity of the family unit, the HSCA will provide a family, in an emergency situation, with a crib and mattress if resources allow; however funding is not readily available for such purchases.DONATE NOW
Have you received our direct mailout? If you have, this is where you can donate! There are a number of ways to donate to The Children’s Foundation. Donate by making a single donation, making a donation in honour of or in memory of someone or a special occasion.
Thank you for your support of our many programs that we offer to the Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Community area children. Together, we are Helping One Child at a Time!
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