Archive for the Children’s Aid Societies Category

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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Blake, an Indigenous youth in care, speaks about his most memorable moments at the Bark Lake youth conference

Every summer for the past three years, Indigenous youth in care have gathered on the shores of Bark Lake in Kawartha-Haliburton to learn about their language, culture, and identity. The Bark Lake Youth Conference, first held at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto in 2012, is […]

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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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OACAS identifies reconciliation with Aboriginal communities as its key priority for 2016

Karen Hill, Director of Aboriginal Services at OACAS, discusses the journey so far and what lies ahead.

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Peel CAS specialized immigration team to lead child welfare in supporting Ontario’s Syrian refugees

A specialized immigration team at Peel Children’s Aid (CAS) will serve as a leading expert that child welfare agencies can turn to as they prepare for the thousands of Syrian refugee families arriving in Ontario. Members of this team will assist other agencies across the province in […]

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Responding to calls for change in the Ontario child welfare system: Toronto Star op-ed

Those who call for the overhaul of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies fail to understand the many ways in which our system excels. Children’s Aid Societies welcome feedback on their work with those Ontario families who struggle with overwhelming challenges related to poverty, violence, addiction, and mental health […]

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The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies responds to the Final Report of the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review

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A year after the Attorney General appointed an independent review into hair testing at the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory (MDTL), Justice Susan Lang released her final report. The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) trusted in the world-renowned Hospital […]

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OACAS launches updated Assessment and Action Record, a planning tool for children and youth in care

Screenshot of AAR software with avatar

New software allows youth, caregivers, and child welfare professionals to complete questionnaire online After 2 years of extensive work and consultation, OACAS is launching a revised version of the Assessment and Action Record (AAR). Children’s Aid Societies use the AAR to develop a plan of care for […]

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Child Welfare Sector Response to Auditor General Report 2015

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its members welcome the 2015 report of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. The safety and protection of children is the first priority of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). As noted by the Auditor General, child […]

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Children’s Aid Societies visit the Ontario Legislature to advocate on key issues facing the sector

ANCFSAO and OACAS

On November 24, representatives from Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across the province met at the Ontario Legislature for the child welfare sector’s annual MPP Briefing Day. For the first time, this event was co-hosted by the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO) […]

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