Upcoming Purple Day Campaign | Quinte News

Highland Shores Children’s Aid presented its Purple Day campaign to Hastings County Council on Thursday.

Each October, Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness of the important role they play in supporting vulnerable children, youth and families.

Jennifer Bishop of Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society told the council that on Dress in Purple Day, Children’s Aid Societies are working with community partners to speak on behalf of every child and every young person of rights, safety and well-being in all spaces and to celebrate the community that cares for children.

Bishop says only 20 percent of referrals are related to the extreme abuse that most people associate with child welfare.

“The majority of children in family service in Highland Shores are about their families not being able to meet the physical and emotional needs of the children.”
Some of the challenges families face include mental health issues, addictions, socialization, trauma, and extreme financial stress.

“The majority of children in family service at Highland Shores are about their families not being able to meet the physical and emotional needs of the children.
Some of the challenges families face include mental health issues, addictions, socialization, trauma, and extreme financial stress.

Bishop added, “What we know is that almost 50% of all child abuse investigations in Ontario involve exposure to intimate events.

“In 21% of child investigations, neglect was identified as the primary concern, while physical abuse was the primary form of abuse in 19% of families.”

She said: ‘The geographical breakdown shows that Belleville and Quinte West are where the highest number of families are receiving services, then Center Hastings and Northumberland.’

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