Annual Report 2020-2021
Please check out our 2020-21 Annual Report for the Agency and the Foundation
Youth Vaccine Initiative Information
The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is helping youth between the ages of 12 and 25 get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting youth the vaccine is important to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Our Commitment in Response to the Residential School Deaths
The horrific news about the remains of 215 Indigenous children being found at a former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, British Columbia is making headlines.
FACS Waterloo Foundation is recruiting volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors
We are seeking Board members that reflects the cultural diversity of our community and represents the populations served by FACS.
Help Support the Victims of the Saint Vincent Volcanic Eruptions
Please help and support the victims of the Saint Vincent Volcanic Eruptions
National Volunteer Week 2021
The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.
Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region is currently recruiting for volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors
We are seeking a Board composition that reflects the cultural diversity of our community and represents the populations we serve.
Black Brilliance: Embracing History and Ourselves
Black History Event by WRDSB
Bring on the Sunshine Festival 2021 (BOTS)
Bring on the Sunshine (BOTS) has hosted a family day festival since 2010 which typically sees 3-5000 people attend each year. The schedule on the day includes a full musical stage line up, a market place with diverse and artisan items, and workshops such as drumming, dance, and more.
Former runaway helps victims of human trafficking sleep tight
‘I was scared and yet putting on a fresh new pair of pajamas gave me a sense of comfort and hope,’ said Meaghan Martin, founder of Sleep Tight
The Guelph Black Heritage Society - #CHANGESTARTSNOW – BLACK HERITAGE MONTH FEB 2021
The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS), in collaboration with the University of Guelph’s Cultural Diversity Office and the Guelph Black Student’s Association, has announced it will recognize February 2021 as Black “Heritage” Month.
Online event organized by racialized students at the University of Waterloo hijacked by people spewing hateful slurs
WATERLOO — An online event organized by a racialized student group from the University of Waterloo was hijacked by people hurling racial slurs, attempting to take over a Zoom session by repeatedly writing “white power” in the chat group.
Martin Luther King Jr Day - January 18th
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the US. Although it is officially celebrated in the US but nothere, it is a day of importance to Canadians as well. King's leadership in the US civil rights movement also affected Canadian political and legal decisions, and inspired the Black community.
Over $2 million in new funding announced for The Resilience Project
Since 2014, The Family Centre, Family & Children Services of the Waterloo Region, and 15 community organizations have worked to co-create and develop The Resilience Project together.
Pandemic Plan to Address COVID-19
When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in Ontario, Family & Children’s Services developed a plan to help ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and foster parents as well as the children, youth and families we work with.
Quarni Youth and Seniors Group Winter Session
Quarni means Generations in the Somali language. Quarni provides much needed opportunity for Black identifying seniors and youth to connect culturally...
Foster homes 'desperately' needed to keep children in Waterloo region, agency says
Family and Children's Services of Waterloo Region says it's had to place more than 80 children in foster homes outside the region this year due to a shortage of local foster parents.
Dress Purple Day focuses on prevention of child abuse
The community needs to listen and pay attention to kids if it wants to prevent child abuse, say a number of youth working with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region.
We can all play a role in preventing child abuse
The phone rings. A teacher or neighbour or family member is calling about a child who has been hurt, abused, maybe neglected. One of our workers will go out to speak to the child and family and work on ways to keep this child safe — ideally at home or with family.
Dress Purple Day October 27 2020
Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families.
Foster Family Week 2020
As I reflect back on the past week where we have celebrated our foster families and their different stories, achievements and inspiring moments, I think of the word relationships
Fostering while working full time
Michelle has been fostering for over 20 years. She brings many unique skills to the table, partly due to her career in special needs education.
Honouring the families of children in care
When Kelli became a foster parent, she was worried about how she would relate to the families of the foster children. “You think of all the stereotypes,” she says.
Overcoming obstacles to provide care
Julie never really considered fostering, in part, because she has some health issues that she thought might get in the way. Then a friend of theirs became a foster parent, and they found out how rewarding it can be.
"YOUTH SUMMER JAM SERIES" Referral Process-just a simple email away!
Through Youth Resilience Project funding, we are thrilled to continue to offer Youth Activities that are open to everyone. Please review the below information and share with all of your families and youth.
The Rainbow Flag
You may have noticed the rainbow flag at the entrances to the Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region offices. The rainbow flag is used as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) pride and social movements.
We Believe Black Lives Matter.
To the Black families in our community, we are here to support you...
Wave of family violence comes with COVID-19, warns family and children's services - CBC News
With schools and many daycares closed, there are fewer people keeping an eye out for vulnerable children, says Karen Spencer, executive director, Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region (Rick Gibbs/CBC)
Children in the Pandemic: Family & Children’s Services of Waterloo Region providing support and care for children as part of Waterloo Region Pandemic Planning
Children rely on their parents to care for them and keep them safe. During a pandemic, this may be at risk: if parents are unable to look after their children because they are ill, the community will need to provide resources and supports.
Economic Supports - Federal and Provincial
This is a list of current resources available to families and children through the Federal and Provincial Governments.
Supports for Youth
Older Youth in care face a number of challenges even without a pandemic. They often worry about making the transition to living independently when they “age out” of care, and having ongoing supportive relationships with adults.
Protecting Human Rights During the Pandemic (based on an article by Jean Samuel of OACAS)
Waterloo Region is an increasingly diverse community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for
sensitivity and an awareness of human rights in our decisions and actions is greater than ever.