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White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers

In reading current social work literature, it is clear that the Ontario child welfare system is recognized as systemically racist. There is a lot of discussion regarding the system’s gross over-representation of Indigenous and African Canadian people. The literature also points to the reality that it is white people

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National Day of the Child: Wendy Miller explains how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has become more relevant than ever for Children’s Aid Societies

Canada established National Child Day twenty-five years ago in recognition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. What does National Child Day mean to Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario? Child safety and well-being is the primary focus for Children’s Aid Societies, so National

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Express Serious Concerns about changes to the Ontario Child Advocate’s office

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies have serious concerns about the Ontario government’s plan to eliminate the Ontario Child Advocate’s office and fold its responsibilities into the office of the Ombudsman. Ontario will join Prince Edward Island and the North West Territories

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October 24 is Ontario Dress Purple Day: the campaign that speaks up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being and for social service supports that keep families strong

On October 24, Children’s Aid Societies will launch their annual campaign, Ontario Dress Purple Day, to raise awareness about every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being. This year the campaign will include a focus on the role that the broader social and economic environment plays

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Superintendent Janine Bowyer talks about why her board of education decided to join the Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign

As the Superintendent of Student Services and Safe Schools, you were instrumental in forging a close partnership with the Durham Children’s Aid Society’s Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign. Why did you decide to support the campaign? From my perspective it was an obvious thing that a school

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Learning Together to Bring Indigenous Children Home

It’s been nearly one year since the children’s aid societies of Ontario 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. Children’s Aid Societies have spent the past year working

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Children’s Aid Societies engage education sector in campaign that reminds kids that help is available and no one is alone

Children’s Aid Societies across the province are reaching out to Boards of Education, schools, and EarlyON and child care centres and asking them to partner on the Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign, which this year takes place on October 24. The day of action raises awareness about

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Welcome the Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel Report

OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies welcome the Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel Report, “Safe With Intervention: Report of the Expert Panel on the Deaths of Children and Youth in Residential Placements.” We are deeply saddened by the deaths of these young people in residential care. Many parts of

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OACAS looks forward to working with Cabinet announced today and all MPPs to advance the needs of children, youth, families, and communities in Ontario

Today Premier Ford announced his Cabinet at Queen’s Park and the portfolio for children and youth has been appointed to Hon. Lisa MacLeod (Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Ms. Amy Fee was also announced as the Parliamentary Assistant to

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Statement on detention of minors

June 27, 2018 In recent weeks, news reports of children being detained and/or separated from their parents in the U.S has gravely concerned Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario. As agencies and individuals who support and care for children, we believe strongly that children should not be subjected

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