Services

Who We Help

CAS protects children and strengthens families. We are legally mandated by the Child and Family Services Act to:

  • Investigate allegations or evidence that children under the age of 18 might be in need of protection; see also "Increased Age of Protection"
  • Protect children where necessary
  • Provide guidance, counselling and other services to families for protecting children or preventing circumstances requiring the protection of children
  • Provide care for children assigned or committed to our care
  • Supervise children in care
  • Place children for adoption

Protecting Children and Strengthening Families

CAS is required by law to intervene when a child under 18 has been threatened, harmed or neglected physically, emotionally or sexually.

We know that children are better off growing up in their family home and we try to keep families together wherever possible. We work with families and provide counselling and support services to create safer homes.  

Foster Care

When parents cannot safely care for their child, CAS may seek a court order to place the child in the care of other relatives, friends, a foster home, or in a residence managed by another community agency.

Placements are usually short-term and most children return home when their family situation gets improves.

Adoption

Some children are unable to return home and need a permanent placement.  Adoption is a legal process through which a child becomes part of a new family.  It is intended to provide the child with permanence and security. 

Our Goals

To have all children thrive within a safe, stable and loving family environment:

  • Children experience a sense of belonging with meaningful relationships
  • Children experience stability
  • Families have the abilities, resources and support to nurture and protect their children

That Children served by the CAS reach their full potential:

  • Children will gain the appropriate knowledge, skills, training and attitudes to achieve meaningful employment and healthy relationships as adults

That society as a whole is actively engaged in taking responsibility for the well-being of children:

  • Communities, governments and other agencies are working collaboratively to promote the best interests, protection and well-being of children
  • Communities, governments and other agencies are addressing root causes of child maltreatment and family breakdown

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