Thank you for your interest in learning more about The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. Students are encouraged to explore our website to learn more about our agency and the work we do. We believe you will find the resources you are looking for within the site, however, if you do not find the information you are looking for, please let us know.
The following list of frequently asked questions and answers has been created as a starting point to assist students with their research and assignments.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for Students
Q: Can I interview a social worker and/or tour your office?
A: Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to provide personal interviews with social workers.
Out of respect for our service recipients and staff, as well as to maintain confidentiality, we are unable to offer tours of our building.
Please note, the agency does have a Speakers’ Bureau that offers presentations to classes and community groups as requested and based upon staff availability. If your educator would like to arrange for a presentation, a request can be submitted online.
Q: What is your mission?
A: The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton’s mission, vision and values can be found here.
Q: What is the Duty to Report?
A: We all share a responsibility to protect children from harm. Ontario’s Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) formerly referred to as the Child and Family Services Act, states clearly that members of the public, including professionals who work with children, have an obligation to report promptly to a children’s aid society (CAS) if they fear a child is unsafe or being harmed. Learn more about duty to report.
Q: What happens when a report is made?
A: When a report is made, a Child Protection Worker will gather as much information as possible in order to evaluate and assess the concern. Learn more here.
Q: Are you a charitable organization?
A: The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is a not-for profit organization funded through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
The Society’s Charitable Business Number is 118852136RR0001. Donated funds do not support operations. Donations provide recreational, therapeutic and educational opportunities for children in care. Learn more about our fundraising programs by visiting the Donation Centre.
Q: Where can I find reports and statistics about the services you offer?
A: The Society is committed to providing optimum child welfare services to the community and believes in transparency and accountability. Please review the agency’s Strategic Plan and accompanying Scorecard, the annually reported Performance Indicators, and our Annual Report for details.
Q: Can I pick up brochures at the agency’s office?
A: To reduce costs and help the environment, we encourage you to download any of the publications you require.
Once again, thank you for your interest in The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and good luck with your studies.