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National Drowning Prevention Week: A reminder to keep kids safe in and around water

Every July, the Lifesaving Society of Canada raises awareness during the third week of the month on water safety and drowning prevention.

Toddlers, children and teens are at different developmental stages and experience varying types of risk in and around water.


Encouraging safe spaces for LGBTQ youth

safe_spaces_lgbqt_youthThe importance of increasing caregiver and Children’s Aid Society capacity to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited or questioning (LGBTQ) youth in and leaving care was identified in the Youth Leaving Care Working Group (YLCWG)“Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System”. It has been suggested that LGBTQ youth may represent a high proportion of child welfare clients due to factors such as family or community rejection and high rates of homelessness. LGBTQ youth entering, in and leaving care may face distinct challenges associated with their identity or orientation. Strides are being made to further support LGBTQ youth in Ontario.


Calling on the community: Join Team HOPE and help support child abuse team_hopeprevention!

On Sunday, October 19, join Team HOPE and walk or run 5Km, the half or full marathon in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! In 2013, 94 staff from eight different Children’s Aid Societies laced up their sneakers to support a cause near and dear to our hearts.


OACAS News Release: OACAS Celebrates National Aboriginal Day and Recommits to Bettering Outcomes for Aboriginal Children in Ontario

As National celebrations are held to mark National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2014, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario, join First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and partners to acknowledge and recognize the unique heritage, culture, contributions and sacrifices of Aboriginal individuals and communities.


2013/2014 Annual Report

The OACAS Annual Report is now available in English and French. Every year, OACAS provides a summary of programs and projects, achievements and contributions to child welfare for the year. Read the Annual Reports from previous years in PDF format.



Free legal services for foster families and youth seeking to complete the adoption process

Pro Bono Law Ontario and OACAS have partnered to provide free legal services for foster families and youth seeking to complete the adoption process. Services include:

  • Legal advice and representation for parents and youth over 18
  • Legal advice for foster parents adopting children under 18
  • Information about the adoptions process
  • Help completing and filing the application for adoption
  • Representation at the adoption hearing


Get involved with your Children’s Aid – become a volunteer!

VolunteerMore than 4,000 Ontarians volunteer at their local Children’s Aid to support children, youth and families. Volunteers have a wide range of skills. Some offer skills that can be used in working directly with children and youth, others offer their expertise to provide leadership and guidance to their local Children’s Aid as members of the Board of Directors working with the administrators of the agency.

Contact your local Children’s Aid and make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families.

Call for submissions: The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) Journal

The OACAS Journal is a major source of information on child welfare research and practice. The Journal welcomes submissions for review on initiatives to improve the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families. All articles submitted to the OACAS Journal are reviewed by an Editorial Board.

Please review the submission guidelines prior to making your submission to journal@oacas.org.


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