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Children & Youth in Care Day!

Published on May 14, 2022

Today is Children & Youth in Care Day - This important day was created because of the tireless efforts of young people in and from care and the stories and experiences they shared.

Happy Birthday Spirit Bear!

Published on May 10, 2022

May 10 is Spirit Bear’s birthday and an important date in the history of Jordan’s Principle at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Jordan’s Principle (www.jordansprinciple.ca) is a child first principle and legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. It ensures First Nations children receive the services and supports they need when they need them.

Family Advocacy 2022 Award Winner: Community Members of the Kewaywin Circle.

Published on Feb 23, 2022

In a unanimous decision, members from the agency’s Community Relations and Fund Development Board of Directors Committee, have chosen the Community Members of the Kewaywin Circle as the winners of the 2022 Family Advocacy Award.

Inaugural Equity Scan is underway

Published on Feb 2, 2022

When the goal is transformation, it’s challenging to do it alone. That’s why we need your help. On February 15, we are launching a comprehensive equity scan of our agency. Our top priority is to help address the disproportionate impact and outcomes on the diverse families, children and youth who receive services from us. We also want to improve by fostering an equitable workplace environment for all our employees. This inaugural survey will help us chart a new path forward.

Call for nominations - Family Advocacy Award 2022

Published on Dec 30, 2021

The Family Advocacy Award is our highest honour. It's an annual award recognizing people and organizations that make a difference for families. We are putting out the call for nominations with a deadline of January 31, 2022.

Tree of Hope a huge success - helping children and families all year long

Published on Dec 28, 2021

Once again, KFL&A opened their hearts to help children and families in need. The 2021 Tree of Hope campaign has wrapped up for another year and what a success! Close to 900 gift cards were issued to buy warm winter clothes and to help families celebrate the holidays. The rest of the funds raised during the campaign will be used to fund important initiatives like the START tutoring program, summer camp and educational bursaries for post-secondary students.

Coming full circle - A Tree of Hope story

Published on Dec 14, 2021

As a former youth in care, Suzie is open and passionate about sharing her story with others. “I became a crown ward after my biological mother left. There was a lot of carelessness and untreated depression,” Suzie said. The 24-year old’s academic path includes a degree with a double major in English and History. She’s now enrolled in the Digital Marketing Communications program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston.

A holiday tradition rooted in community

Published on Nov 15, 2021

It's here! The Tree of Hope is officially underway. For the next 30 days, we are collecting donations for this historic holiday appeal. Last year was a game changer. For the first time in more than 100 years, Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (FACSFLA) switched from collecting toys during the holiday season to issuing gift cards to families and caregivers.

Opening your heart and home to a child in need – celebrating International Adoption Day

Published on Nov 8, 2021

Adoption is the legal process that gives children and youth a new family when their birth families or Kin are unable to care for them. A great deal has changed over the last few years as children aid’s societies across the province have openly reexamined some entrenched practices. The changes reflect FACSFLA's vision that children who cannot return to their birth parents, will be supported in maintaining a connection to their identity, their people and their culture.

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Foster Family Appreciation Week

Published on Oct 18, 2021

After nearly a decade, Tammy and Nelson were still feeling the impact of their empty nest. Together they made a decision that would forever change their lives. The Kingston couple felt they were still young enough to help support children and families within their community, so they approached FACSFLA about becoming foster parents. “We really felt like we had the skill set and experience to offer a child a safe place,” said Tammy.

Born to tutor

Published on Oct 12, 2021

Sitting in a coffee shop, 23-year-old Emily chats easily about the benefits of helping students with their schoolwork. When the conversation turns to the rich connections she’s made with kids as a tutor, her face lights up the entire room. “It’s about academic success, of course,” said Emily. “But it’s really about getting to know these kids and listening to what they’re going through.” Emily is part of a unique collaboration between Queens University’s Concurrent Education program and FASCLFA, called the START tutoring program.

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NEW:  Embracing Change - Annual Report

Published on Oct 4, 2021

It's been a unique and challenging year for everyone. The theme of our newly published 2020-2021 Annual Report reflects the resilience and determination of our agency and the communities that we serve. Embracing Change - a new path forward is a report chocked full of inspiring stories and a narrative rooted in the desire to do better. This report is an important piece of communication for our agency. We want to share insights into the work we do and invite feedback and comments on what you see.


Truth and Reconciliation event at Division St.

Published on Sep 27, 2021

To honour the first-ever national day of Truth and Reconciliation, The Kewaywin Circle, FACSFLA and One Roof are hosting a four day event at 817 Division St. in Kingston. From Sept. 29-Oct. 3, there will be numerous events and time for learning and reflection. There will be storytelling, music, a sacred fire, pipe ceremonies and more. This is a tremendous opportunity to gather as a community to learn about the past and join together on a path of healing. Everyone is welcome.

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A drive to graduate - Lilly's story

Published on Sep 8, 2021

Back to school hasn’t always been an easy time for Lilly. The Kingston student had her share of stops and starts along her academic journey. She was on her own at 15 and found herself briefly homeless and in need of help. Shortly after this difficult time, Lilly entered into a Voluntary Youth Service Arrangement with FASCFLA which allowed the agency to connect her with support and assistance in the community. She eventually settled with her grandparents.


Medicine garden thrives at Kingston office

Published on Aug 4, 2021

Our Division Street location is now home to its first medicine garden. Created in honour of National Indigenous day 2021, this spot has become a comfortable outdoor meeting space for community and staff. This special garden has been the backdrop for Kewaywin Circle meetings, staff wellness circles, events like a sacred fire for our graduation celebration in June and more.

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Fresh food stands are a hit

Published on Jul 19, 2021

Have you heard all the buzz about street fridges stuffed full of free fresh food? (Ottawa recently launched its first outdoor community fridge) Well, thanks to a popular local organization, a similar creative idea has been operating in Kingston for more than a decade. Loving Spoonful runs fresh food stands across the Kingston area by securing donations from local farmers, backyard gardeners, community gardens, and some local businesses.

NEW: Kewaywin Circle releases its inaugural report

Published on Jun 16, 2021

As the Kewaywin Circle continues to grow and expand its reach within our agency and the broader community, this 2019-2020 inaugural bi-annual report captures the extensive work by the Circle’s members and FACSFLA. The Kewaywin Circle provides recommendations from Indigenous-identified perspectives to ensure FACSFLA honours an Indigenous worldview in the work the agency does with Indigenous children, youth, and families in FACSFLA’s jurisdiction.

Every child matters

215 children will not be forgotten

Published on Jun 9, 2021

We must do better. We are committed to learning and improving in everything we do. The discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School, near the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, is a painful reminder of the profound intergenerational trauma caused by colonization through systems like residential schools, our justice system, health care and child welfare. This legacy is not something that lives in the past. Anti-indigenous racism continues to impact the First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNIM) communities today.

Working together to fight Islamophobia

Published on Jun 9, 2021

A message from our Executive Director; With great sorrow, we learned of the hate motivated murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario. It is difficult to comprehend how anyone can be filled with such hate and fear to target a family solely based on their faith. This violent act of Islamophobia makes us question, cry and fill us with our own anger.

May 14th is Children and Youth in Care Day

Published on May 10, 2021

This important day, proclaimed provincially in the Children and Youth in Care Day Act, 2012, is an opportunity to recognize the enormous contributions that current and former youth in care make to the province, as well as the strength, bravery, and resilience shown by these children and youth in the face of adversity.

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