Archive for the Advocacy Category

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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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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Ontario youth in care celebrate ten years of YouthCAN and recommend the way forward

YouthCAN, a program for Ontario youth in care, recently marked its 10-year anniversary. To honour the occasion, the program underwent a comprehensive review to evaluate its purpose, goals, and future priorities. We recently spoke with Brian Van-Du, YouthCAN coordinator, to find out about the review’s findings and

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