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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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Thousands of Ontarians turn out for Go Purple Day on October 19

On October 19th, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS), and key partners marked Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a provincial GO PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a community working together to prevent child abuse. Click on the

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OACAS welcomes unanimous decision to support equitable child welfare services on First Nations reserves

On November 1, 2016 members of the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of a motion to act immediately to improve child welfare services for First Nations children and families on reserves. The motion, introduced by NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, called on the Liberal

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Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

A Human Rights group in Toronto has been exploring the concern for the well being of children being placed in detention related to Immigration. OACAS as an Member Association was invited to participate in the finalization of the letter to Government and to support that children should

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Kike Ojo, One Vision One Voice project lead, discusses the project’s findings and what they mean for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Why is the release of the One Vision One Voice Practice Framework an important moment in child welfare? The One Vision One Voice Project and Practice Framework is an acknowledgement by child welfare that we serve African Canadian families, children and youth. We’re in an era where

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Go Purple on Wednesday, October 19

On October 3, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. You can buy a provincial CAPM t-shirt. The goal of the campaign is to

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Youth in care talk politics and explore Queen’s Park for Youth Civics Day

Over 150 youth in care from across Ontario gathered at Queen’s Park on May 10, 2016, for a day of education, networking, and fun as part of the fourth annual Youth Civics Day hosted by OACAS’ YouthCAN team. Watch this 2-minute video now to see highlights of their

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Changemakers Series No. 1: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Anayah Phares, founder of Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success (CHEERS), an organization helping youth to transition out of care. Changemaker My name is Anayah Phares (formerly known as Rosimay Venancio), founder of CHEERS — Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success. Where Toronto

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