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Public Safety Alert : Increase in Suspected Opioid Overdoses in Brant

In July, Brantford Police responded to a total of 22 suspected opioid overdose incidents, including one death. This is almost double the number of suspected overdoses seen in June (12 overdoses) and the average number of overdose incidents reported in the first six months of 2020 (13 overdoses per month). Fentanyl has been suspected to be involved in most of these incidents…

  • Posted on 31 Jul 2020
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Know Your Rights

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has provided a new online resource re: Children and Young Persons’ Rights. The Rights Resource is intended to support children and youth in understanding their rights in child-friendly language and direct them to someone they can talk to if they have questions. It also acts as a resource for parents, caregivers and staff to support and understand the rights of children and young persons.  

To access the resource, click here.

  • Posted on 30 Jul 2020
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Teach Kids Acceptance, Kindness and Inclusion

Children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4 – and probably even earlier. It is important to have conversations about acceptance, being kind to others, and inclusion with your child as early as preschool.

Now and most especially when global outrage over recent events and systemic racism are no longer front and centre, it will be essential –  especially for white parents – to continue the dialogue about inequities, anti-racism, humanity, and social justice.

One easy way to take action and make change is to make sure your home library has books that include a broad representation of  stories. This will help break down dominant belief systems in the long run. Wondering how to start a conversation with your kids about kindness, humanity, anti-racism and inclusion?

Click here for a list of books and resources available to parents and caregivers.

  • Posted on 18 Jun 2020
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June is PRIDE Month

June has been designated PRIDE month to recognize the impact LGBTQS people have had in the world. The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQS) pride and LGBT social movements in use since the 1970s. Today is the ninth annual raising of the Pride Flag at Brant Family and Children’s Services. 
  • Posted on 1 Jun 2020
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Adoption Information Night – June 2, 2020

When: June 2, 2020 – 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm

Where: Online

Due to COVID-19, Brant FACS will be holding an online Virtual Adoption Information Night in lieu of our usual in-person session.

Two Adoption Professionals will be available to share general information about adoption as well as detailed information about the application and home study process. Interested participants will have the opportunity to send questions via a live “chat” option.

  • Posted on 28 May 2020
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Jak’s Story, by Aaron Bell

Join Aaron Bell, an Ojibway Storyteller from Brantford ON, for 5 storytelling sessions based on his book Jak’s Story. One session will be released each day May 4-8, 2020.

  • Posted on 29 Apr 2020
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Gahwajiyade Detenatgwata Family Gatherings

Gahwajiyade Detenatgwata Family Gatherings will be doing Facebook LIVE every Monday at 9:30AM with language circle. All families are welcome to join.

Visit the Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2yjLuhs to follow and be a part of the live events and craft/recipes/activities ideas.

Family Gatherings is dedicated to the whole family so there will be many different ideas for everyone.

Bookmark the YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/2VhwzgF

  • Posted on 17 Apr 2020
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COVID-19: Funding for families

Ontario Social Services Minister Todd Smith announced on March 23 that funding is available for families who are struggling financially but are unable to access federal support programs.

Anyone can apply through the province’s website at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-children-community-and-social-services

Funding is also being made available to:

  • Shelters
  • Food banks
  • Emergency services
  • Charities and non-profits

Click here for related information on the Government of Ontario News Room.

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