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Emergency Summit on Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada

A Conversation with OACAS CEO, Mary Ballantyne, and Director of Indigenous Services, Karen Hill The federal minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, called for an emergency summit to be held last month to address the current situation in Indigenous child welfare, which she has likened the horrors

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Providing culturally appropriate child and family services for Indigenous children

This month, the pre-designated Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency held an official project launch. As one of four pre-designated Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies, Waabnoong Bemjiwang will eventually provide child protection services to seven communities in the Sudbury, Nipissing and Parry Sound areas: Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan,

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One Vision One Voice Officially Launches Phase II

  After months of planning, Phase II of the One Vision One Voice project is officially underway. The goal of Phase II is to work with societies towards achieving child welfare service excellence and eliminate disproportionate and disparate outcomes of African Canadians involved in the child welfare

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Child and Youth Mental Health Needs in Ontario Are Not Being Met

By Taïna Mayberry, Youth Programs Coordinator, OACAS Imagine feelings of worthlessness and guilt that sit in your mind like an unwanted house guest. They linger listlessly, taking up space where self-confidence, interests, and social life used to be. You want help. But where to start and who

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Ontario raises age of protection for youth from 16 to 18

As of January 1st, 16 and 17 year-olds in Ontario are finally eligible to receive protection services from Children’s Aid Societies. OACAS and Children Aid Societies have advocated for over two decades for this important change. This new age group will engage with Children’s Aid Societies on

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The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Colleague, As we enter fully into the new year of 2018, I am extremely pleased to announce the launch of Phase II of the One Vision One Voice program. For decades, the African Canadian community has expressed concern at the overrepresentation and disparate outcomes faced when

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New One Vision One Voice team onboard

  As the new One Vision One Voice (OVOV) program team gets ready to implement OVOV across the province. Here is what you need to know. What’s new with OVOV? This is an important time for child welfare in Ontario. One Vision One Voice is a program

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5 reasons why the Children’s Mental Health Organization #kidscantwait letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne matters to Child Welfare

  The Children’s Mental Health Organization (CMHO) has launched a letter writing campaign to improve mental health services for children and youth in Ontario. Here are five reasons why the CMHO Kids Can’t Wait advocacy campaign is important for the child welfare sector: Children served by CAS

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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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