Archive for the Advocacy Category

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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Doors Open to New Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence

The Trump administration’s current separation of children from their migrant parents has put children and immigration issues in the spotlight. But few people understand the extent to which children with unresolved immigration status issues are a growing issue for Canada. To meet this expanding need, Peel Children’s […]

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The elephant in the room: Addressing racial anxiety of white social workers in child welfare

Talking about and confronting race is often difficult. Why is this the case for so many of us who are white, and what can we do about it, to address racism?  For over 20 years, I have worked to understand racism within social work practice, and helped […]

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Need for services for 16- and 17-year olds growing quickly: early analysis of newly expanded age of protection

On January 1, 2018, Ontario’s child protection legislation was amended to extend child protection services to youth aged 16 and 17, a change that was long advocated for by OACAS and Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). An early analysis by OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies reinforced much […]

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Ontario Dress Purple Day 2018 campaign identifies October 24 for day of action to raise awareness about the community that cares for kids

Every October, Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) join with key partners, including boards of education and schools, to raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being in all aspects of their lives, and that help is available for children, youth, and families. This […]

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Youth celebrate Youth in Care Day at Toronto City Hall – and push for more opportunities to make their voice heard

On the fifth anniversary of Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario, over one hundred youth and former youth in care and their workers travelled to Toronto City Hall to attend a “Youth Civics Day.” OACAS partnered with the Ontario Child Advocate to host the event, […]

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Eight Ways Your School Can Make Ontario Dress Purple Day Memorable

Hold a school assembly to raise awareness among students about the caring adults and community supports that are available to support them when they need help. Invite somebody from the caring community to talk about how they can help children and youth. Use the Dress Purple Classroom Resources, […]

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A Letter to the Child Welfare Sector From Kike Ojo

Dear Colleagues, On April 12, 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a report, Interrupted childhoods: Over-representation of Indigenous and Black children in Ontario child welfare. This report investigated the disproportionality and disparities experienced by Indigenous and Black people in child welfare, confirmed and validated the concerns […]

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Chantal Leduc, a child protection worker, explains how using AOP (anti-oppressive practice) and sharing power with families can make all the difference to their experience and outcomes

  What does anti-oppressive practice (AOP) mean in child welfare? The theory of anti-oppression helps examine the use and misuse of power at the individual, organizational, and systems levels so that families can receive child welfare services in an equitable way. It also recognizes that families can […]

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