Archive for the African Canadian Families 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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The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Colleague, As we enter fully into the new year of 2018, I am extremely pleased to announce the launch of Phase II of the One Vision One Voice program. For decades, the African Canadian community has expressed concern at the overrepresentation and disparate outcomes faced when

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New One Vision One Voice team onboard

  As the new One Vision One Voice (OVOV) program team gets ready to implement OVOV across the province. Here is what you need to know. What’s new with OVOV? This is an important time for child welfare in Ontario. One Vision One Voice is a program

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Better serving African Canadian families: What we can learn from Notisha Massoquoi’s adoption experience

Notisha Massaquoi

The recently released One Vision One Voice Research Report and Race Equity Practices is intended to support Children’s Aid Societies as they begin the process of deep change needed to better serve African Canadian families. As a complement to this framework, there is a great deal that

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Bill 89 passes and introduces historic amendments to the Child and Family Services Act

On June 1, 2017, Bill 89: Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2016, introduced by the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) in December 2016, received royal assent in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 89 introduces historic amendments to the Child and Family Services Act and is

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Kike Ojo, One Vision One Voice project lead, discusses the project’s findings and what they mean for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Why is the release of the One Vision One Voice Practice Framework an important moment in child welfare? The One Vision One Voice Project and Practice Framework is an acknowledgement by child welfare that we serve African Canadian families, children and youth. We’re in an era where

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One Vision One Voice launches Practice Framework aimed at supporting better outcomes for African Canadians in child welfare

The publication of the two-volume Practice Framework, One Vision One Voice: Changing the Ontario Child Welfare System to Better Serve African Canadians, is a historic event for both the child welfare sector and the African Canadian community in Ontario. The Framework, which was launched at a one-day

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One Vision One Voice Practice Framework Set to Launch at September 29 Symposium

On September 29th, the One Vision One Voice project will launch the Practice Framework, comprised of Part I, the Research Report, and Part II, the Race EquityPractices, at a one-day Symposium at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel. Over the last year, One Vision One Voice has consulted with

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Community-led project to improve outcomes for African Canadian children in Ontario’s child welfare system

OACAS’ Kike Ojo provides an update on where the One Vision One Voice project is at. During the fall and winter, the One Vision One Voice project held 15 community consultations across the province. What was the purpose of these consultations? The purpose of gathering community feedback

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How collecting race-based data can dramatically improve child welfare services

Kike Ojo, Project Manager of One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians, explains how acknowledging racial differences will result in better service. In 2015, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto released race-based statistics indicating that African Canadian children make up 41% of

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