Archive for the Children’s Aid Societies Category

OACAS News Release: OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Launch Adoption Awareness Month — “There are many paths to lifelong connections”

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TORONTO — During November the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) across Ontario will be promoting Adoption Awareness Month to educate the public about the importance of lifelong connections for children and youth in care. “Every child and youth needs and […]

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Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services on the path to becoming a mandated child protection agency

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services (DBCFS) is on its way to becoming a full-service child protection agency with the signing of the Protocol Concerning the Delivery of Child and Family Services. As the umbrella agency serving seven First Nation communities in the central-eastern Ontario area covering […]

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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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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Did you know that a phone call to Children’s Aid can prevent abuse?

Toronto — October is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) will highlight how calls from the community play a vital role in preventing child abuse in Ontario. Last year over 171,000 Ontarians reached […]

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Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario: Q & A with OACAS’ CEO

Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario. Mary Ballantyne, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, discusses how Children’s Aid Societies help families dealing with this issue. How is neglect a form of child abuse? A child who is neglected […]

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Exposure to Domestic Violence

The Ontario Child and Family Services Act recognizes exposure to domestic violence as a form of child maltreatment. The legislative amendments on domestic violence were implemented in 2000 and represented a shift in child protection service.1 Exposure to domestic violence occurs when a child is exposed directly […]

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse includes a range of behaviours, from obvious contact offences such as touching or fondling genitalia to less obvious non-contact offences, such as exposure to sexually explicit material.1 Child sexual abuse and exploitation occur when an older child, youth, or adult takes advantage of a […]

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YouthCAN Conference 2015 – Summary

OACAS held the 9th Annual YouthCAN Conference from August 10 to 12, 2015. The objective of the conference is to expose high-school aged youth in care to post-secondary options and career opportunities. This year’s conference theme was Gear up for Success, and the focus was on developing […]

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Aboriginal Children in Care – Report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released its Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers. The report highlights the fact that Aboriginal children are vastly over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s premiers directed the provinces and territories to work with […]

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Addressing Immigration Status Issues for Children & Youth in Care

Youth who leave care without permanent residence status or Canadian citizenship can enter a life filled with legal uncertainty and challenges. In partnership with the CAS of Toronto, Catholic CAS of Toronto, Peel CAS and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, OACAS has produced a guide on identifying and working to resolve […]

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