Archive for the Advocacy Category

DRESS PURPLE DAY 2017: OACAS and CASs work with schools to raise awareness about child abuse prevention

On October 24, 2017, OACAS, Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), and key partners marked Child Abuse Prevention Month with a provincial DRESS PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a village to keep kids safe. Click on the campaign Twitter hashtags #IBREAKtheSilence and #SpeakUp4Kids to see […]

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Solving Youth Homelessness Requires Integrated, Collaborative Approach

Rocco Gizzarelli, Executive Director of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, writes on why a multi-agency approach is vital to addressing youth homelessness In an average year, as many as 50,000 young people in Canada find themselves without stable housing. In Hamilton, there were at least […]

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Superintendent Janine Bowyer talks about why her board of education decided to join the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign

As the Superintendent of Student Services and Safe Schools at Durham District Catholic School Board you were instrumental in forging a close partnership with Durham Children’s Aid Society during last year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. Why did you decide to support the campaign? From my perspective it […]

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Eight Things You Should Know About Dress Purple Day 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Month is coming up in October. Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about Dress Purple Day. 1. This year Dress Purple Day takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. 2. Dress Purple Day is a provincial day of action that takes place […]

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Ontario youth in care celebrate ten years of YouthCAN and recommend the way forward

YouthCAN, a program for Ontario youth in care, recently marked its 10-year anniversary. To honour the occasion, the program underwent a comprehensive review to evaluate its purpose, goals, and future priorities. We recently spoke with Brian Van-Du, YouthCAN coordinator, to find out about the review’s findings and […]

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Child welfare provincial information system approaches the halfway mark

Aleem Punja, Sector Lead for CPIN, discusses the challenges of deployment and why the child welfare sector continues to move forward In the next couple of months, almost half of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies will have joined CPIN, the provincial information system that was a key recommendation […]

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Sixties Scoop plaintiffs win class-action lawsuit

After seven years of legal action, an Ontario judge has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs in the “Sixties Scoop” class-action lawsuit. The court has not yet determined how much the federal government must pay in damages. The plaintiffs had sued for $1.3 billion, amounting to about $85,000 for each affected person. The […]

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Hon. Michael Coteau talks to OACAS about how the proposed new Child, Youth and Family Services Act will be a game changer for child welfare

Minister Coteau

  When you announced the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act you said it was the biggest game changer in child protection in decades. Are there particular parts of the Act that you are most excited about? There are three pieces that really stand out for […]

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Bill 89 passes and introduces historic amendments to the Child and Family Services Act

On June 1, 2017, Bill 89: Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2016, introduced by the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) in December 2016, received royal assent in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 89 introduces historic amendments to the Child and Family Services Act and is […]

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OACAS submission to the MCYS Adoption Enhancement Review

In September 2015 the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced a number of initiatives to support permanency and adoption services in Ontario. These initiatives include a review of adoption services in Ontario, (specifically a cost benefit analysis). The MCYS “Adoptions Enhancement Review” was formally launched […]

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