Chatham-Kent Children's Services

Site: Chatham-Kent Children's Services

Service: Child Protection Services

Contact Information
Office Phone 24 hours 519-352-0440
Fax 519-352-4152
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Primary Contact Shelley Thibert, Director of Protection Services; Phone: 519-358-4605
Alternate Contact Lisa Reaume, Executive Assistant; Phone: 519-358-4585
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Intake- Protection 
The primary function of the Intake Unit is to investigate, gather information and make an assessment in order to determine whether a child may be in need of protection. The intake worker will determine during the investigation whether; 
(a) the child is being adversely affected by the situation which prevails; (b) the child may be considered actually or potentially in need of protection; (c) the parent or other caretaker is willing and able to correct the situation; and (d) the parent or other caregiver needs or could benefit from the Society’s assistance in correcting the situation. 
Family Services 
The primary function of the Family Service Department is to provide ongoing protection service to children and families in accordance with the current child welfare legislation. Transfers are also received from other jurisdictions. The functions of Family Service Workers include ongoing monitoring, service coordination, making referrals and completing investigations when new information has been received. 
Child and Family Well-being Team 
This team works in conjunction with Family Services to provide hands-on assistance to families/youth in crisis on an intense and regular basis in order to prevent family/placement breakdown and to maintain children/youth in their own homes/placements. The Child and Family Well-being Team also provides short-term support to children in care and/or parents immediately following the child’s admission to care or to expedite their return to the home if removal has been necessary. Supervised access is another service provided by this team.  
Kinship Services 
Kinship services are provided when children or youth can not live with their parents due to child protection concerns and the family or the Court decides that living with kin is the best option. Kin would be responsible to provide financially for the majority of the needs of the child placed in their home. “Kin” can be a relative or someone who has a meaningful relationship to the family. When children are able to reside with kin they are in a familiar and nurturing environment with someone they know and trust. 
Children’s Services 
The Children’s Services Department serves the needs of children in care of the Agency, whereby the children are assigned workers to advocate for and assist them in meeting their needs, to the time of permanency, and in accordance with Ministry Standards. 
The Resources team is responsible for the recruitment, screening, training, placement, monitoring and support services to foster to permanency homes. Every child deserves a safe and supportive home.
Hours Office Mon-Thu 8:30 am-7:15 pm, Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * After hours services available
Areas Served Chatham-Kent
Eligibility Ages: 17 year(s) and under
Application Call for information
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Agency Information
Established 1998
Primary Executive Teri Thomas-Vanos, Executive Director
Funding Regional / Municipal ; Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services ; United Way
Site Information
Located In Community Chatham
Address & Map
495 Grand Ave W
Chatham, ON N7L 1C5
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Intersection Grand Ave W and Keil Dr
Physical Access Fully Accessible ; Accessible washrooms; barrier-free entrance; designated parking

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