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What is Child Abuse & Neglect?

The Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society is a child protection agency mandated under the Child and Family Services Act in Ontario. Our responsibility is to protect children from harm or the risk of harm due to neglect and physical, sexual or emotional abuse. We fundamentally believe that the protection and well-being of children and youth is a shared responsibility with the community. At KHCAS we believe the most impactful way to deal with child maltreatment is to prevent it.

What is Child Abuse & Neglect?

Child abuse can come in the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any deliberate physical force or action by a parent or caregiver that results, or could result, in injury to a child. It can include hitting, shaking, burning, etc.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is a pattern of behaviour that attacks a child’s emotional development and sense of self-worth. It includes excessive, aggressive, or unreasonable demands that place expectations on a child beyond his or her capacity. Emotional abuse can also include a caregiver’s failure to provide their child(ren) with love, emotional support, and guidance.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse occurs when a child is used for the sexual gratification of an adult or older child. Coercion (physical, psychological, or emotional) distinguishes sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can take many forms including fondling, sexual intercourse, or exposure to sexual activity. More recently child exploitation through the use of the internet is an increasing vulnerability for children.


Neglect is the failure to meet a child’s basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, sleep, medical attention, education, and protection from harm. It can also mean a failure to provide for the child’s emotional needs, attention, and supervision.

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Updates from Kawartha Haliburton CAS

Foster Care Info Session Jan 17 2018

Foster Care and Adoption Information Session – Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 from 6-8pm

Join us at an upcoming Foster Care and Adoption Information Session! Thursday, January 17, 2019 6pm to 8pm Kawartha-Haliburton CAS 1100 Chemong Road, Peterborough ...

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KHCAS Holiday Office Hours - Dec 24 thru Jan 2

Over the holidays, the KHCAS Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton office hours will be as follows: CLOSED Monday, December 24 CLOSED Tuesday, December 25 CLOSED ...

PALS Self Care Nov 27 2018

PALS Network presents The Importance of Self-Care - Nov 27 from 6-8pm, Durham CAS

Join us for a PALS Network / Adoption Awareness Month Celebration on The Importance of Self-Care – Tuesday, November 27 from 6pm to 8pm at Durham ...

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Foster Care and Adoption Information Session - Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 6-8pm

Come out and learn more about foster parenting and adoption! For more information, please call 1.800.661.2843, ext. 1221. Fostering Changes Futures.  Join Us Today.

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