Archive for the African Canadian Families Category

The Child, Youth and Family Services Act is going to dramatically increase the number of kin families supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families. Senior Counsel Cheryl Buehler discusses how the new legislation will make this happen.

The child welfare sector has been identifying kin families as a placement option for children and youth who can’t live with their immediate families for decades, but kin has continued to lag behind adoption and foster placements. Is the new Child, Youth, and Family Services Act (CYFSA)

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Research* shows that broad kin networks are directly linked to better outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system. Here are 5 reasons why child welfare is increasingly collaborating with community members to keep children and youth safe

1 Children and youth in the care of the child welfare system really care about the adults in their extended networks – regardless of whether they are related to them or not. One research study documents that children living in foster care are deeply attuned to the

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OACAS Welcomes Associate Minister Dunlop’s Launch Announcement for Child Welfare Modernization Engagement Process

Today, at Jewish Family and Child, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, announced the government’s intentions to begin an engagement process aimed at informing their plans to modernize Ontario’s child welfare, adoption, and residential services system. Nicole Bonnie, CEO of OACAS, was in attendance

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The secret is shame: Why some white child welfare workers really don’t want to address race

“What’s even worse than our white guilt is our shame” is the feedback I heard from white child welfare workers after I published my article “White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers.” As child welfare workers, making mistakes in our practice can

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New Leadership at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) is pleased to announce Nicole Bonnie has started in her role as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Bonnie is the first Black CEO in the history of OACAS and in the field of Ontario child welfare and brings with her

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A conversation with Jocelyne Raymond, Recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Dave Thomas Foundation, through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program, provides grants to adoption agencies and Children’s Aid Societies to hire and train recruiters to find permanent homes for those children and youth in Canada’s foster care system. Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Jocelyne Raymond. I

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Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare: Recognizing Collective Resistance of the African Canadian Community

Trauma informed practice has become popular within the social services and has recently entered Ontario child welfare. At One Vision One Voice (OVOV), we think trauma informed practice can be helpful in moving us away from a pathologizing, over- medicalizing and blaming lens upon people’s behavior; by asking

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All In! Symposium, gives Ontario Black child welfare staff the first opportunity to gather collectively to discuss their unique experiences.

 Feelings of isolation, feeling silenced, having qualifications constantly questioned, passed over for promotions, anti-Black statements in the workplace and in the community are just some of the themes that emerged from Black staff attending “All In!”. The two-day symposium was the first opportunity for Black staff

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White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers

In reading current social work literature, it is clear that the Ontario child welfare system is recognized as systemically racist. There is a lot of discussion regarding the system’s gross over-representation of Indigenous and African Canadian people. The literature also points to the reality that it is white people

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