Archive for the African Canadian Families Category

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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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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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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