The Highland Shores Children’s Aid is in desperate need of adoptive parents looking to build permanent connections especially with older youth and children with complex needs.
The Highland Shores CAS protects and cares for vulnerable children and youth in the counties of Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward and provides programs and services that help to empower them and their families.
In 2014-15, 17 adoptions were completed through Highland Shores, seven of which were youth over the age of 13.
Manager of Resources at Highland Shores Dwayne Stacey says as November is adoption awareness month, they are really promoting the need for parents and how much of a difference lasting relationships can make.
This year, the Adoption Resource Exchange will take place on November 19.
The conference, which is held in Toronto and is hosted by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, helps locate and match adoptive families with Ontario children and youth needing adoption.
The conference is open to anyone interested in adopting a child from Ontario and there is no fee to attend.
However, it is primarily designed for those who have completed a home study assessment through a Children’s Aid Society or an approved private adoption practitioner.
Families can also find information about children or youth who are in need of permanent homes at https://highlandshorescas.com/ or on the Adopt Ontario website, www.adoptontario.ca.