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Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell launches a new recruitment and retention campaign for foster families with the tagline: We All Have Something to Offer. This campaign, which starts in October in the Prescott-Russell area, will last three years. The main goal: recruiting new families ready to welcome adults with intellectual disabilities, children and youth.

‘’The tagline of our campaign sets the tone: everyone can make a significant difference in the life of another person, says Hélène Fournier, Executive Director of Valoris. People often forget we all have life experiences that can help someone else grow and be more confident. You just need to be aware of it and all of a sudden, you have the potential to help and support a child, teenager or adult in the region’’.

The campaign is being launched because the number of foster families has reached a low point in the region, especially for families who are willing to welcome teenagers and adults. However, Valoris wants to reverse the trend of the past years. ‘’The more we can count on a large number of foster families, the more we can make appropriate matches that meet the needs of the children, teenagers or adults who integrate those families’’, says Mrs. Fournier.

Valuable partners have joined our campaign to help with recruitment efforts, including: Vert Fourchette (Vankleek Hill), Joyful Coffee (Rockland), l’Académie du gourmet (Embrun), Expérience Café & Smoothie Bar (Embrun) and Foodland (Russell). With their help, our message will be more visible in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. 

A New Approach

Not only does the new Valoris campaign aim to attract and recruit new foster families, but it also intends to strengthen the collaboration between Valoris and existing foster families.

“The commitment of foster families is gold. Because of that, we need to cherish the relationship we have with them. We must facilitate the collaboration and make it the less intrusive as possible”, concludes Hélène Fournier.

Is it for you?

Do you want to find out more about the role of a foster family? Wondering if it's really for you? Do not hesitate to contact Valoris at any time at 1 800 675.6168. Someone will gladly answer all of your questions.

The Ontario Ministry of Health is introducing Ontario Heath Teams (OHTs) to organize and deliver care that is more connected to people in their local communities.

In October, we raise awareness regarding every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being, and celebrate the community that supports families and cares for children and youth across Ontario.

This year, Ontario Dress Purple Day will be held on October 24. On this day, we highlight the importance of breaking the silence and speaking out if you believe a child’s right to safety and well-being is compromised. In addition, Ontario Dress Purple Day offers an important opportunity to remind children and youth that help is available in Prescott-Russell.

We invite all Prescott-Russell residents to participate in Dress Purple Day on Thursday, October 24, by wearing purple clothing and accessories. We also encourage businesses to decorate their front door in purple. To help spread awareness, Break the silence purple t‑shirts are available for $10 until October 24 at Valoris service centres, located in Embrun, Hawkesbury, Rockland and Plantagenet.

Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell takes this opportunity to remind you that Ontarians have a moral duty and a legal obligation to promptly report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. In addition, as of 2018, 16 and 17-year-olds are also eligible to receive protection services from a children’s aid society.

If you have a concern about the safety and well-being of a child or youth, please contact us immediately at
1 800 675-6168. You do not have to be sure about concerns to make a referral to Valoris: use your best judgment.