Archive for the Advocacy Category

Ontario Government Child Welfare Online Survey

The government’s Provincial Child Welfare, Adoption and Residential Services Survey launched August 30, 2019. Government is seeking input from those involved with child welfare and residential services, including: youth/former youth, parents, family members, caregivers, workers. The survey closes October 11, 2019. Take the survey. If you know

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OACAS Welcomes Associate Minister Dunlop’s Launch Announcement for Child Welfare Modernization Engagement Process

Today, at Jewish Family and Child, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, announced the government’s intentions to begin an engagement process aimed at informing their plans to modernize Ontario’s child welfare, adoption, and residential services system. Nicole Bonnie, CEO of OACAS, was in attendance

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OACAS Statement on Ontario Child Advocate’s Thunder Bay Foster Homes Report

On Tuesday, April 30, the Ontario Child Advocate’s office released its final investigative reports before closing its office permanently. Most of the Child Advocate’s investigative powers have now been transferred to the Ontario Ombudsman. On behalf of its member Children’s Aid Societies, OACAS wishes to express gratitude

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Ontario 2019 Budget: OACAS Encouraged by Investment in Community Mental Health Services, Concerned by Decrease in Funding to Children’s and Social Services Sector

The 2019 Ontario budget was announced today and contained both encouraging investments as well as reason for concern for vulnerable children, youth, and families. The government announced there will be investments of $174 million in 2019–20, focused on supporting community mental health and addictions services, mental health

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The secret is shame: Why some white child welfare workers really don’t want to address race

“What’s even worse than our white guilt is our shame” is the feedback I heard from white child welfare workers after I published my article “White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers.” As child welfare workers, making mistakes in our practice can

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OACAS Media Statement

This week there have been several reports in the media regarding statements made by a lawyer who formerly represented Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services. The statements made in an affidavit suggested that a former youth-in-care should be considered “sexually mature” and not a child at

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New Leadership at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) is pleased to announce Nicole Bonnie has started in her role as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Bonnie is the first Black CEO in the history of OACAS and in the field of Ontario child welfare and brings with her

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A conversation with Jocelyne Raymond, Recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Dave Thomas Foundation, through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program, provides grants to adoption agencies and Children’s Aid Societies to hire and train recruiters to find permanent homes for those children and youth in Canada’s foster care system. Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Jocelyne Raymond. I

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Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare: Recognizing Collective Resistance of the African Canadian Community

Trauma informed practice has become popular within the social services and has recently entered Ontario child welfare. At One Vision One Voice (OVOV), we think trauma informed practice can be helpful in moving us away from a pathologizing, over- medicalizing and blaming lens upon people’s behavior; by asking

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