Archive for the Children Category

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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Adoption recruitment changes in Ontario

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Adoption recruitment continues to grow in Ontario, in large part because of the new partnership between Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy Wonderful Kids program. The province is funding 15 targeted adoption recruiters, and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is […]

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Thousands of Ontarians turn out for Go Purple Day on October 19

On October 19th, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS), and key partners marked Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a provincial GO PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a community working together to prevent child abuse. Click on the […]

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The role that Children’s Aid plays in public adoption is often misunderstood

Senior Program Analyst Morag Demers talks about what public adoption looks like today. Many people don’t realize that Children’s Aid is responsible for public adoption in Ontario. Can you clarify the role that Children’s Aid plays in finding forever families for kids? Under the Child and Family […]

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Nobody knows better than Violet-Rose Pharoah that the road to belonging can be long and challenging.

In this personal essay, a former child in care describes her journey to a forever family. Someone once told me that the people who are meant to love you, will always find their way to you. As someone who spent over 15 years in foster care and […]

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OACAS welcomes unanimous decision to support equitable child welfare services on First Nations reserves

On November 1, 2016 members of the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of a motion to act immediately to improve child welfare services for First Nations children and families on reserves. The motion, introduced by NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, called on the Liberal […]

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Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

A Human Rights group in Toronto has been exploring the concern for the well being of children being placed in detention related to Immigration. OACAS as an Member Association was invited to participate in the finalization of the letter to Government and to support that children should […]

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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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