Archive for the Advocacy Category

Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group present report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released the Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers. The report states that Aboriginal children are over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s Premiers directed provinces and territories to work with Aboriginal communities in […]

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Aboriginal Children in Care – Report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released its Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers. The report highlights the fact that Aboriginal children are vastly over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s premiers directed the provinces and territories to work with […]

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Changing the child welfare field for African-Canadians

One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare Field for African Canadians is a project of the African Canadian community, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, through OACAS. The project is guided by a Steering Committee of individuals and agency representatives from the […]

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Youth in care present their top ten ways to improve the child welfare system

In June 2015, a group of former and current youth in care presented ten ways they want to see the child welfare system improved to senior leadership of Children’s Aid Societies from across the province. The presentation was made at a quarterly gathering of Children’s Aid executives […]

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report and Recommendations

On June 2, 2015, Justice Murray Sinclair released the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Summary Report. The report, which is 386 pages long and includes 94 recommendations, comes ahead of a final report that will be released later this year. The aim of the Commission and its report […]

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OACAS Summary & Highlights of the 2nd Annual African Canadian Summit

Summary: The second annual African Canadian Summit that was held April 29, 2015, provided a stark reminder of how hundreds of years of systemic racism in Canada has impacted the African-Canadian community and has led to a crisis point. The Summit, hosted by the African-Canadian Legal Clinic […]

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OACAS Presents to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

On January 30, OACAS presented a Submission of provincial sector priorities on behalf of CASs to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Submission focused on the funding model, the needs of Aboriginal communities, supports for youth, and investment the broader social safety net (addictions, mental […]

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2014 Report of the Paediatric Death Review Committee and Deaths Under Five Committee

On December 1, the Office of the Chief Coroner of the Province of Ontario  released the 2014 Report of the Paediatric Death Review Committee (PDRC) and Deaths Under-Five Committee. The report includes information about all children who died in Ontario, and specific information about children who died where there […]

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OACAS Submission to Government – Bill 8, Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014

On December 9, Bill 8 passed third reading in the Ontario Legislature. OACAS presented written and oral submissions to Standing Committee focused on Schedule 9, which gives the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (PACY) investigative powers with respect to Children’s Aid Societies and licensed residential facilities where a […]

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‘Staying Put’ changing the culture of care so that youth stay at home until they are finished school

What does this mean? Despite many positive changes, the Ontario child welfare system still expects 17 year olds to be preparing for independence so that they can leave their foster care home at 18 years of age – before the age most youth complete high school. As […]

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