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National Child Day Recognized on November 20 – Celebrating Children’s Rights

November 18, 2019

National Child Day Recognized on November 20th – Celebrating Children’s Rights

Human rights are basic standards to which each of us is entitled.  Children are no different.  In 1989, world leaders determined that children needed particular safeguards and as such proclaimed a special Convention for them.  November 20th marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (in 1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC in 1989). 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights.  By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensuring that all children are treated with dignity and respect and have an opportunity to have a voice, be protected from harm and are provided with their basic needs, as well as an opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Child safety and well-being is the primary focus for Children’s Aid Societies, so National Child Day offers us an opportunity to speak up on behalf of the children and youth we work with. Highland Shores Children’s Aid supports local, provincial and national strategies that are designed to further the progress being made on all commitments. Locally, our Board of Directors hears from our Youth Advisory Committee on a monthly basis about issues that are important to them as service recipients.  We also embed Jordan’s Principle  (a child-first, needs-first approach to providing equitable services to all Indigenous children and youth) and Katelynn’s Principle (placing the child at the centre of any decision), into our daily work.

As we recognize National Child Day here are a few ways that you can help to ensure the well-being of children and youth in our communities:

Report your concerns – Our goal is to help empower families while ensuring the safety of children.

Become a foster parent – We have a continued need for foster parents for older children, sibling groups and children with special needs.

Volunteer with a CAS or become a donor for The Children’s Foundation (www.thechildrensfoundation.ca).  Either way you’ll be making a difference to vulnerable children.