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.

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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.

To raise awareness of access and privacy rights among, children, youth and families, the IPC has prepared a brochureposter and quick reference card.

The IPC has also developed  resources for service providers. These include a guide to Part X, a guide to tracking and submitting annual statistics to the IPC and reporting privacy breaches to the IPC.

Child Welfare in Ontario: A Shared Responsibility

A Shared Responsibility Brochure CoverThis brochure answers common questions about how CASs work with individuals like you to support families and keep children and youth safe and well.

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One Vision One Voice: Changing Child Welfare in Ontario to Better Serve African Canadians

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The Race Equity Practices aim to improve outcomes for African Canadian children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system.
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One Vision One Voice has launched its implementation phase. Learn more.

Reconciliation Journey

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.

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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.

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