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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month when OACAS and CASs’ call on all Ontarians to help protect children from fear, harm and violence and support families in crisis. Throughout October, 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. Agencies across Ontario, with the support of community partners, will be hosting events to kick off the campaign on October 1 and throughout the month.
The campaign raises awareness on a provincial and community level, engaging the public, media, and families across Ontario. Children’s Aid has put together a Public Awareness Kit with the aim of providing information to help raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention.
Every Ontarian has a responsibility to protect children from harm and help each child live a life free of fear and violence. The stories of our children and youth are profiled in a storybook, along with other materials, available on the OACAS website. To learn more, visit www.oacas.org, .useyourvoice.ca, or contact your local Children’s Aid Society.
OACAS News Release: It takes a community to keep kids safe from fear, harm and violence
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) are calling on the community to help protect children from fear, harm and violence, and to support families in crisis.
OACAS and CASs are spreading the message that child safety and family welfare depend on the involvement of the community. It is every Ontarian’s responsibility to protect children, the most vulnerable members of our community, and report any suspicion that a child may be in need of protection.
Read the news release in English and French.
Interested in conducting child welfare research?
Researchers who are interested in conducting studies related to child welfare and would like access to Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies are invited to contact the OACAS Research Advisory Committee Chair.
For details see: Ontario Child Welfare Research Framework
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.
Calling on the community: Join Team HOPE and help support child abuse prevention!
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.
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!
More 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.