Archive for the African Canadian Families Category

OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Express Serious Concerns about changes to the Ontario Child Advocate’s office

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies have serious concerns about the Ontario government’s plan to eliminate the Ontario Child Advocate’s office and fold its responsibilities into the office of the Ombudsman. Ontario will join Prince Edward Island and the North West Territories

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New One Vision One Voice Community Engagement Workers

One Vision One Voice is committed to addressing the overrepresentation of African Canadians within the child welfare sector.  For many years the African Canadian Community has raised concerns about the oppressive practices embedded within Children’s Aid Societies, which has led to the overrepresentation of Black families within

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First ever gathering of African Canadian Youth in Care marks a turning point for child welfare

Imagine being an 18-year-old boy, in a crowd of 130 young people of African Canadian descent and more than 70 adults. A microphone comes your way, and you are given the opportunity to share your experiences of the child welfare system. You talk about your foster home.

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The elephant in the room: Addressing racial anxiety of white social workers in child welfare

Talking about and confronting race is often difficult. Why is this the case for so many of us who are white, and what can we do about it, to address racism?  For over 20 years, I have worked to understand racism within social work practice, and helped

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Introducing the African Canadian Provincial Advisory Council

The African Canadian Child Welfare Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) is a group made up of African Canadian community members tasked with providing recommendations and advice to the board, executive leadership and staff of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) on all child welfare matters affecting

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Youth celebrate Youth in Care Day at Toronto City Hall – and push for more opportunities to make their voice heard

On the fifth anniversary of Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario, over one hundred youth and former youth in care and their workers travelled to Toronto City Hall to attend a “Youth Civics Day.” OACAS partnered with the Ontario Child Advocate to host the event,

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A Letter to the Child Welfare Sector From Kike Ojo

Dear Colleagues, On April 12, 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a report, Interrupted childhoods: Over-representation of Indigenous and Black children in Ontario child welfare. This report investigated the disproportionality and disparities experienced by Indigenous and Black people in child welfare, confirmed and validated the concerns

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One Vision One Voice Knowledge Centre

Read the latest Canadian research from the social work sector. This issue we’ve compiled a list ranging from research about mandated reporters and their experiences with the child welfare system to new research about the relationship between child protection contact and mental health outcomes among Canadian adults

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Chantal Leduc, a child protection worker, explains how using AOP (anti-oppressive practice) and sharing power with families can make all the difference to their experience and outcomes

  What does anti-oppressive practice (AOP) mean in child welfare? The theory of anti-oppression helps examine the use and misuse of power at the individual, organizational, and systems levels so that families can receive child welfare services in an equitable way. It also recognizes that families can

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Kike Ojo, Program Manager for One Vision One Voice, reflects on the Anti-Oppression Round Table’s 10th anniversary

  When I first started working in child welfare it wasn’t uncommon to hear members of the sector say that “they don’t see colour,” or that they treat all families “the same,” despite the grave disparities pointing to the contrary. All these years later, that thought process

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