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National Foster Family Week
From October 19 - 25, 2014, OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies recognize the vital contributions that foster families make to the lives of children and youth in care.
When children cannot remain at home due to safety concerns, the preferred option is to place the child with their immediate or extended family or a member of the community. If that is not possible, foster care may be the best alternative.
Foster parents provide a temporary home for children in care. Children may need foster care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly years. Foster parents provide stability to children during an immensely difficult time in their life and a caring home that encourages growth and development.
Have questions about the fostering process? Learn more below:
- Fostering FAQs - Homes for Kids
- Video: Fostering/Adoption - Getting Started - Foster Care Waterloo Region
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact your local Children’s Aid Society.
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month
In October, OACAS and Children's Aid Societies across the province call on Ontarians to help protect children from fear, harm and violence and to support families in crisis.
Throughout the month we will raise awareness of the signs of child abuse and neglect and the vital role that members of the community play in reporting any suspicion that a child may be in need of protection.
Various community events will be held throughout the month by Children's Aid Societies across Ontario.
Your Duty to Report
If you have reason to believe that a child is at risk or in need of protection, it is your duty to report it to your local Children’s Aid Society.
Child abuse comes in many different forms and is not always obvious. Abuse and neglect are not the only times a report should be made. If you suspect a child is at risk of abuse or neglect as a result of living under any of the following conditions, please call Children’s Aid:
- Domestic violence
- Substance abuse by a caregiver
- Mental health problems of a caregiver
- Abandonment of a child
LGBT2SQ Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is developing a resource guide for CAS staff and foster parents/caregivers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-Spirited, queer and questioning (LGBT2SQ) youth in care. The guide responds to recommendations of the Youth Leaving Care Working Group’s report: Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System.
The ministry is working with an advisory committee of youth, and representatives from CASs, residential care providers and foster parents in this work.
Targeted surveys, regional youth focus groups and key informant interviews will all contribute to what is included in the guide.
Connecting Aboriginal youth in care with their identities and heritage
The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation held its 2nd Annual Aboriginal Youth in Care Gathering on July 8-10th, 2014 at Bark Lake Leadership Centre.
This year the Gathering focused on providing youth with both an experiential way to connect with their culture as well as a range of recreational activities.
2013/2014 Annual Report
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.
- 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