The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies responds to the recommendations from the jury at the Katelynn Sampson inquest
Katelynn Sampson was a beautiful little girl whose life ended tragically early. She died on August 3, 2008, at the age of seven years old at the hands of her caregivers, who had been granted custody of her under the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA), on the consent of her mother. Both of Katelynn’s caregivers had a history with child welfare services, and Katelynn came into contact with Children’s Aid on several occasions. The entire child welfare sector was devastated by Katelynn’s experience and has been working since then to address the factors that contributed to her death, and remains committed to learning from the tragedy.
ONE VISION ONE VOICE: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians
This is a project by the African Canadian community, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, to develop a strategy that will improve outcomes for African Canadian children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system.
Watch the story of Blake, an Indigenous youth in care who reconnected with his heritage.
The recently released UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, which measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries, shows that Canada has fallen to 26th place, from 17th place in 2013, just ahead of Poland, France, and Belgium. The report measures bottom-end inequality of children compared to their peers in the middle based on income, health, education, and life satisfaction. When inequality gaps between children in the middle and those at the bottom are closed, overall child well-being will improve for all of Canada’s children.
The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario have been actively engaged in addressing the issues raised by the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review, which was released on December 17, 2015.
A screener from Children’s Aid talks about her role in working with the public to keep children safe.
Your call could be the most important in a child’s life. This video explains why.
Intergenerational trauma as a legacy of the residential school system is a major cause of the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care. Watch Clouds of Autumn to see how residential schooling impacts two young siblings and their family.