Archive for the Community Partners 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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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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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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Human trafficking represents a growing form of child abuse in Ontario

Nancy French of York Region Children’s Aid Society discusses how pimps lure youth in care into the sex trade with promises of a better life and what child welfare and the police are doing to stop it. How did you first learn that human trafficking is an […]

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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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Children exposed to domestic violence represent almost 50% of substantiated investigations by Ontario Children’s Aid Societies

Executive Director Alison Scott

Executive Director Karen Spencer talks about the problem of family violence and how Family & Children Services of the Waterloo Region is addressing the issue. Ontario’s leading academic study on child abuse and neglect* shows that almost half of substantiated investigations in the province involve children being […]

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Recognizing the Rights of the Child

In recognition of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), November 20 is observed annually in Canada as National Child Day and worldwide as Universal Children’s Day. “Today is a day […]

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The Cross-Over Youth Project: Keeping Youth in Care Out of the Criminal Justice System

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Ryerson University has launched the Cross-Over Youth Project, a federally and provincially funded partnership to help prevent youth in care from “crossing over” into the youth justice system. The Cross-Over Youth Project is a partnership between Ryerson University and the Ontario Court of Justice, and has received […]

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Youth Opportunities Fund

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides annual grants and capacity-building supports to community-based organizations and grassroots groups serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social well-being. In June 2013, the Government of Ontario released Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed, consisting of seven themes […]

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