Archive for the Accountability Category

Seven things you should know about the recently released child welfare performance indicators

Performance indicators measure how well Children’s Aid Societies are serving children, youth, and families. 2016 is the first year that those Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario which were able to validate their data are publicly reporting performance indicator results on the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. […]

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CPIN ready to launch at five more Children’s Aid Societies

OACAS’ Aleem Punja discusses the highs and lows of the journey to a new provincial information system for the child welfare sector.

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13 responses from child welfare to the Jeffrey Baldwin inquest recommendations

Provincial inquests offer meaningful and valuable insights into tragic deaths and how they can be prevented from happening again. Jeffrey Baldwin’s death in 2002 was a tragedy that shocked and saddened the entire child welfare sector. The inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin and the jury’s […]

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Landmark decision by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal a chance to begin righting past wrongs against First Nations children and families

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), on behalf of its 44 member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling that the federal government has discriminated against First Nations children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare […]

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MCYS Residential Services Review Panel’s Report and Recommendations

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies welcomes the report “Because Young People Matter”, a review of Ontario’s residential services for children and youth, which was released by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). The report represents the hard work of the Residential Services Review […]

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OACAS identifies reconciliation with Aboriginal communities as its key priority for 2016

Karen Hill, Director of Aboriginal Services at OACAS, discusses the journey so far and what lies ahead.

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Responding to calls for change in the Ontario child welfare system: Toronto Star op-ed

Those who call for the overhaul of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies fail to understand the many ways in which our system excels. Children’s Aid Societies welcome feedback on their work with those Ontario families who struggle with overwhelming challenges related to poverty, violence, addiction, and mental health […]

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The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies responds to the Final Report of the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review

Independent review report cover

A year after the Attorney General appointed an independent review into hair testing at the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory (MDTL), Justice Susan Lang released her final report. The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) trusted in the world-renowned Hospital […]

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Child Welfare Sector Response to Auditor General Report 2015

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its members welcome the 2015 report of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. The safety and protection of children is the first priority of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). As noted by the Auditor General, child […]

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Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group present report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released the Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers. The report states that Aboriginal children are over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s Premiers directed provinces and territories to work with Aboriginal communities in […]

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