Hi! I’m Max the Vax. I’m here to help young people feel safe and protected from COVID-19. I want caregivers and the children they look after to be able to make informed, educated decisions about being vaccinated against COVID-19. I’ve got lots of resources and information to share with you, so let’s dive in!
Now’s your shot to further protect vulnerable children, youth and families during the pandemic!
The Every Shot Counts campaign is aimed at providing Ontarians in the child welfare sector with the right education before vaccination. We know you’ve got questions and we’re here to support with credible, trusted answers and resources that help you make an informed choice about getting the COVID-19 vaccines.
Remember: With every shot, the people we serve are further protected!
Launching Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: A Learning Series for Caregivers in Child Welfare
OACAS is pleased to announce the launch of Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives, a new learning series for caregivers in child welfare.
Developed in collaboration with provincial partners and experts, the Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives series was created specifically for foster, group, kin, adoptive, and customary caregivers. The series focuses on helping them to understand the types of mental health challenges faced by children and youth in the child welfare system, so that they are better equipped to help them.
Resources and Supports for Ontario Families
Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario ARE continuing their child protection services. We are NOT closed. Although agencies across the province have modified their business practices to respond to health and safety concerns, their core protection services continue. If any member of the public or professional have a concern about the safety and/or well-being of a child or youth under 18, they should immediately contact their local Children’s Aid Societies or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency.
We know that children, youth, and families in Ontario are struggling now more than ever. We also know that the kinds of challenges that families are facing are wide-ranging, from food and housing insecurity to mental health and addictions to intimate partner violence. We have put together a list of resources and supports that will hopefully serve to show that there are lots of places to turn to when you, or someone you know, is in need of help.
One Vision One Voice: Changing Child Welfare in Ontario to Better Serve African Canadians
One Vision One Voice is a program led by the African Canadian community. It is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and addresses the overrepresentation and experiences of disparities faced by African Canadians after coming into contact with the child welfare system.
Know Your Rights
On January 1, 2020, Part X of the Child, Youth, and Family Services Act comes into force, creating a new access and privacy framework for Ontario’s child and family services sector. The Information and Privacy Commissioner will oversee these new rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.
Watch “A Moment on the Path” a documentary about the gathering at Geneva Park and Rama First Nation where Ontario's Children's Aid Societies acknowledged and apologized for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities.
Learn More About Child Welfare
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.