Dress Purple on October 27th to support vulnerable children and families in our community!
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 their families. On October 27th – Dress Purple Day, we celebrate the community that cares for these families and want to share the message that help is available and no one is alone. We will also work to raise awareness that Children’s Aid Societies are community organizations that are part of the circle of care that supports the well-being of these families.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional stresses for families, and in some cases has increased risk for the well-being and safety of vulnerable children and youth. These risk factors include new or increased mental health issues, intimate partner violence, and child maltreatment. Those in need of help are encouraged to reach out to the services available in their community, including Children’s Aid Societies, or if they know a young person or family in need of support.
In order for us to effectively support all families across our community, we must come together and build a strong community that honours each family’s unique challenges, and helps them to bridge the gap between meeting their basic needs and thriving as a family.
“I want the community to know that the majority of children and youth we serve remain in their homes or with kin, not in foster care. In many of these families, their involvement with us is not related to the harsh abuse associated with child welfare. The vast majority of these children receive our services because their parents are not able to meet their basic needs. The complexities of these situations requires a community response. We cannot do this work alone. Families need all systems working together to support them.” – Derrick Drouillard, Society Executive Director
Please wear purple on October 27, 2020 commit to holding conversations, activities, events, and take to social media to show support to children, youth and families across Windsor/Essex.
Help raise awareness about the issues facing families today that create the need for child welfare services and embrace our collective responsibility to support the safety and well-being of children and youth within their families and communities.
Learn how to get involved on Dress Purple Day by visiting the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies website. Also follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @WindsorEssexCAS and use the hashtags #IDressPurpleBecause #DressPurpleDay2020.