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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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MCYS Residential Services Review Panel’s Report and Recommendations

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies welcomes the report “Because Young People Matter”, a review of Ontario’s residential services for children and youth, which was released by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). The report represents the hard work of the Residential Services Review

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Responding to calls for change in the Ontario child welfare system: Toronto Star op-ed

Those who call for the overhaul of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies fail to understand the many ways in which our system excels. Children’s Aid Societies welcome feedback on their work with those Ontario families who struggle with overwhelming challenges related to poverty, violence, addiction, and mental health

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Children’s Aid Societies visit the Ontario Legislature to advocate on key issues facing the sector

ANCFSAO and OACAS

On November 24, representatives from Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across the province met at the Ontario Legislature for the child welfare sector’s annual MPP Briefing Day. For the first time, this event was co-hosted by the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO)

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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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