Recognizing the strength, bravery and resilience of children and youth in and from care

By Halton Children’s Aid Society, Our Kids Network Protocol Partner

May 14, 2016 is Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario.

In late March 2014, the Honourable David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, granted royal assent to Bill 53, an Act to Proclaim Children and Youth in Care Day. This Act recognizes May 14th of each year as Children and Youth in Care Day, acknowledging the enormous contributions current and former Crown and Society wards make, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience they show in the face of adversity. Continue reading

Fast Forward…

To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday May 8, OKN director, Elena DiBattista shares her thoughts on children and grandchildren, and the relationships that shape them as they grow up.

By Elena DiBattista,  Our Kids Network director

“What kind of adult do I want my child to be?” This is an important question for every mom, especially as our children are growing up. Do we want them to be happy, self-assured, creative, fun, and honest? Will they have solid, supportive relationships, a strong sense of belonging and be reliable, good people? Do we want them to have strong connections to family and friends, be independent, make solid decisions, and handle the bumps and barriers? These are questions that I asked myself when my eldest child was a toddler, and that have also helped me determine how to respond in the many situations and scenarios that involved parenting my children. Continue reading

Our “Halton 7” add up to a thriving and vibrant community

OKN and service providers are aligned in their efforts to create “conditions of well-being” for children, youth and families

Our Kids Network’s vision is “All children thrive!” The term “thriving” is defined as growing strongly and vigorously and “doing well”. Thriving describes a child or youth’s present state, but is also focused on their future prospects. Through our research, we have identified seven conditions of well-being needed for children, families, and the community as a whole, to thrive. We call these conditions the “Halton 7” and we believe the entire community, including government and business, shares responsibility for reaching the Halton 7, so children, youth and families can thrive.

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Strong relationships build strong children and youth

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Relationships Matter to Halton professionals 

At the Our Kids Network Relationship Forum on February 25th, Halton professionals heard from Dr. Debra Pepler, Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet, that building strong and meaningful relationships is the most important thing we can do to promote positive child and youth development. Continue reading