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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.

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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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Published on May 6, 2021

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National Volunteer Week (April 18-24)

Published on Apr 21, 2021

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