Archive for the Child Poverty Category

An Indigenous perspective on the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign from Kenn Richard, Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services

What insights can an Indigenous perspective contribute to our annual Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign? The word child abuse implies that there is a wicked mother step-mother behind it. I wish it were that simple. What is really behind child abuse is a number of factors that […]

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“It takes a village to keep kids safe.”

This article was originally published in Bancroft This Week. Reprinted with permission. As we make our way through October, we recognize the 25th annual Child Abuse Prevention Month. We recognize that in a perfect world, every child would have a safe, loving home and family, who could […]

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Solving Youth Homelessness Requires Integrated, Collaborative Approach

Rocco Gizzarelli, Executive Director of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, writes on why a multi-agency approach is vital to addressing youth homelessness In an average year, as many as 50,000 young people in Canada find themselves without stable housing. In Hamilton, there were at least […]

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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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Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada in 2016

The 2016 Toronto Vital Signs Report, released last week by the Toronto Foundation, paints a grim picture of child and family poverty in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). While Toronto scores high on many quality of life measures, it remains the “child poverty capital of Canada.” One […]

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Canada ranks in bottom third for child well-being in affluent countries

The recently released UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, which measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries, shows that Canada has fallen to 26th place, from 17th place in 2013, just ahead of Poland, France, and Belgium. The report measures bottom-end […]

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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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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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Children’s Aid Society of Toronto co-author of 2015 poverty report: child poverty rates worst in Toronto

Toronto leads in child poverty rates amongst large urban areas in Canada, says a report released October 13 by the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto. The release comes a week before Toronto City Council debates the adoption of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. The report is based […]

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