FCS finding success in keeping more county children in their homes
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016
PEMBROKE - The best place for a child is at home.
That is a key goal for Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County.
At the agency’s annual general meeting June 29, FCS staff, board members, volunteers and members of the community celebrated a significant reduction in the number of children the agency has had in care since launching its strategic plan in 2013.
“We made reducing the number of children in our care a key goal in our strategic plan,” explained Executive Director Arijana Haramincic. “Our programs and staff initiatives have been focused on keeping Renfrew County children safely and happily in their homes. Since we made that commitment, the number of children in our care has gone from 245 to 212 and we are closing in on our target of less than 200.”
The general meeting was also a chance to celebrate the agency’s work on all fronts. That included helping launch young people into higher education. This year a total of ten young people were presented a Millennium Scholarship, to help outstanding students further their education in the field of their choice. This is the greatest number of students ever to receive the scholarship. Six years ago a single student benefitted from the scholarship. The recipients this year represent a 10- fold increase in scholarship awards.
Other business at the meeting included the review of the Annual Report, a territory welcome from Chief Kirby Whiteduck from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, greetings from the County of Renfrew by Warden Peter Emon, and greetings from the agency’s funding partners with the Ontario Government.
Highlights of the evening were entertainment and presentations from youth - a song by Alexis G-K, a presentation by Jayden A and Daneen P, and aboriginal drumming by Victoria B, Krista C, Cali D, Deb G, Fred G, Alexis G, Kellie M, Arijana O and Samantha P.
Board Chair Sue McCrae also paid tribute to Board member Jerry Lavalley, who is retiring from the agency’s Board of Directors.
To learn more about the work of Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew County, visit www.fcsrenfrew.on.ca