Archive for the Children Category

Volunteering in child welfare: It takes a community to keep kids safe

Volunteers play a significant role in the work of child welfare in Ontario. Women and men across the province donate their time, talent, and resources to assist children and youth in a variety of capacities, including driving, mentoring, tutoring, assisting with special events, and providing administrative support. […]

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first five recommendations for change are directed at child welfare.

Dawn Flegel, Executive Director of Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society, talks about the steps her agency has taken to start repairing their relationship with Indigenous communities When did Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid’s journey towards reconciliation with First Nations communities begin? When I first started as executive director at Sarnia-Lambton […]

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Sixties Scoop plaintiffs win class-action lawsuit

After seven years of legal action, an Ontario judge has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs in the “Sixties Scoop” class-action lawsuit. The court has not yet determined how much the federal government must pay in damages. The plaintiffs had sued for $1.3 billion, amounting to about $85,000 for each affected person. The […]

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How the Call to Action is transforming Child Welfare

After its initial launch a year ago, Call to Action­–related projects are now up and running, and the transformation of child welfare in Ontario is well underway. The Call to Action was designed to guide province-wide collaborative work aimed at creating the best child welfare system and […]

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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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Hon. Michael Coteau talks to OACAS about how the proposed new Child, Youth and Family Services Act will be a game changer for child welfare

Minister Coteau

  When you announced the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act you said it was the biggest game changer in child protection in decades. Are there particular parts of the Act that you are most excited about? There are three pieces that really stand out for […]

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7 things you should know about the new process to authorize child protection workers

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And how it will improve child welfare services to families in Ontario 1. History in the Making The new provincial process for authorizing child protection workers will be launched in 2017 and is a historic first for child welfare in Ontario. Until now, authorization processes varied across […]

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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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OACAS submission to the MCYS Adoption Enhancement Review

In September 2015 the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced a number of initiatives to support permanency and adoption services in Ontario. These initiatives include a review of adoption services in Ontario, (specifically a cost benefit analysis). The MCYS “Adoptions Enhancement Review” was formally launched […]

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It’s Adoption Awareness Month: Let’s explore the various paths to permanency in child welfare

Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, long-term relationships; there is no one answer for every child. The primary goal of Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) is to support children to live safely with their family of origin. When that is not possible, CASs look for an […]

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