Archive for the Children’s Aid Societies Category

October 24 is Ontario Dress Purple Day: Children’s Aid Societies’ campaign asks adults to think more carefully about how they can be helpful to the children and youth in their lives

On October 24 Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch the annual Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign, to raise awareness about the important role that adults and communities play in supporting children and youth, especially those who are facing challenges. This year as many as fifty boards

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Ontario Government Child Welfare Online Survey

The government’s Provincial Child Welfare, Adoption and Residential Services Survey launched August 30, 2019. Government is seeking input from those involved with child welfare and residential services, including: youth/former youth, parents, family members, caregivers, workers. The survey closes October 11, 2019. Take the survey. If you know

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Jean Samuel, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at OACAS, talks about the significance of her new position for child welfare in Ontario

Your position as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a new one at OACAS. What is the significance of this position for child welfare? Ninety percent of the children and youth that Children’s Aid Societies support come from marginalized experiences. Over the last fifteen years many

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OACAS Welcomes Associate Minister Dunlop’s Launch Announcement for Child Welfare Modernization Engagement Process

Today, at Jewish Family and Child, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, announced the government’s intentions to begin an engagement process aimed at informing their plans to modernize Ontario’s child welfare, adoption, and residential services system. Nicole Bonnie, CEO of OACAS, was in attendance

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OACAS Statement on Ontario Child Advocate’s Thunder Bay Foster Homes Report

On Tuesday, April 30, the Ontario Child Advocate’s office released its final investigative reports before closing its office permanently. Most of the Child Advocate’s investigative powers have now been transferred to the Ontario Ombudsman. On behalf of its member Children’s Aid Societies, OACAS wishes to express gratitude

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Ontario 2019 Budget: OACAS Encouraged by Investment in Community Mental Health Services, Concerned by Decrease in Funding to Children’s and Social Services Sector

The 2019 Ontario budget was announced today and contained both encouraging investments as well as reason for concern for vulnerable children, youth, and families. The government announced there will be investments of $174 million in 2019–20, focused on supporting community mental health and addictions services, mental health

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The secret is shame: Why some white child welfare workers really don’t want to address race

“What’s even worse than our white guilt is our shame” is the feedback I heard from white child welfare workers after I published my article “White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers.” As child welfare workers, making mistakes in our practice can

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