WHY WE DRESS PURPLE
On October 27, staff at Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County (FCSRC), alongside other Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies, donned our purple to show children and families that we are here to support them. And we weren’t alone! Across Renfrew County and the entire province, we were joined by schools, social service organizations, government and families to show that we all have a role to play in helping children and families, especially now.
Dress Purple Day is an opportunity to educate communities on the challenges families are facing, how we work with them, and the important role that their own families, all social service agencies, and economic and social systems play in providing families with help and ensuring children’s safety and well-being.
“One of our priorities is ensuring families receive support as soon as challenges begin to arise, and we hope families are aware of the many services available to support both parents/caregivers and children,” says Kathy Davis, Executive Director, FCSRC. “Many understand that we provide child protection and developmental services, but may not know about our wide variety of programming.”
This programming includes family support groups (both in person and virtual), virtual counselling services for dads, child and youth educational programs (both in person and virtual) and support and connection for Indigenous community residents. FCS is also able to support at-risk or homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 21 with temporary shelter and social support through funding from United Way East Ontario.
FCSRC, alongside Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies, also work with partners like adult and children’s mental health services, addiction centres, employment centres, women’s shelters, and day cares to ensure the families we work with have the supports they need. Yet, we are only one part of the solution.
“Our work with a family recognizes that children and parents/caregivers need the love and nurturing that comes from families, extended families and supportive communities,” says Suzanne Elliott, Director of Service/Local Director, FCSRC. “It’s important families know that when we say we are here to help, we work with you and alongside you, engaging and building your community of support.”
Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County is very grateful to our staff and all of the individuals and community partners raising awareness for #DressPurpleDay and our shared role in supporting families and maintaining safety for children.
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