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It’s official! May 14th is now Children and Youth in Care Day

children huggingIn late March, the Honourable David Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, granted royal assent to Bill 53, an Act to Proclaim Children and Youth in Care Day.

This Act recognizes May 14 of each year as Children and Youth in Care Day, acknowledging the enormous contributions current and former Crown and Society wards 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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OACAS submission on Bill 42, Ombudsman Amendment Act (Children’s Aid Societies), 2013

OACAS has delivered its Bill 42 submission to the Clerk of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies. This submission was developed with input from the OACAS Child Welfare Policy and Legislation Committee and from the OACAS Board. To read the submission click here.

Together We Can Make It Happen! Permanency For All Children and Youth in Care

Brenda McCreightOACAS is pleased to welcome Brenda McCreight, PhD to Toronto on Friday May 23, to provide Ontario’s adoption practitioners and child welfare professionals with the opportunity for specialized training that supports Ontario’s efforts to achieve permanency for more children and youth.

Participants can look forward to strengthening their ability to help families prepare for the challenges of older child\special needs adoption and their capacity to provide tailored post-placement supports, with a focus on children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Click here to continue reading.
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OACAS releases new practice note: Educating Parents on Safer Sleeping Environments for Infants

Mother and babySudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other infant deaths that occur during sleep are recognized as major public health concerns by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Researchers have identified risk factors in the infant sleeping environment that may contribute not only to SIDS, but to deaths from suffocation due to overlaying or entrapment. Factors associated with unsafe sleeping environments include infants sharing a sleeping surface with an adult or another child, and the presence of soft bedding (www.publichealth.gc.ca/safesleep).

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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.