Archive for the Advocacy Category

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 resources that are available to support them when they need help. Invite somebody from a community organization to talk about how they help children and youth. Use the Ontario 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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6 reasons why Anti-Oppressive (AO) practice is critical for child welfare in Ontario

1. Problem: The Child, Youth and Family Services Act grants Children’s Aid Societies substantial power through legislation. Solution: Working from an anti-oppressive lens encourages child welfare professionals to be mindful of this power and to reflect on how this power can be shared with children, youth, and

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Children’s Aid Societies Welcome OHRC Report, Take Action to Combat Over-representation in Child Welfare

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) welcome the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s report, Interrupted childhoods: Over-representation of Indigenous and Black children in Ontario child welfare. The report shines a light on the complex and multi-faceted issues that have contributed to

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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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