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Solving Youth Homelessness Requires Integrated, Collaborative Approach

Rocco Gizzarelli, Executive Director of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, writes on why a multi-agency approach is vital to addressing youth homelessness In an average year, as many as 50,000 young people in Canada find themselves without stable housing. In Hamilton, there were at least

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Seven Ways Your School Can Make Dress Purple Day Memorable

Dress Purple on October 24, 2017. Take pictures of school staff and students throughout the day, and share them on social media using the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence. Use the Dress Purple Classroom Resources, available at the OACAS website to engage students in the meaning behind Dress Purple Day.

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Superintendent Janine Bowyer talks about why her board of education decided to join the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign

As the Superintendent of Student Services and Safe Schools at Durham District Catholic School Board you were instrumental in forging a close partnership with Durham Children’s Aid Society during last year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. Why did you decide to support the campaign? From my perspective it

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Eight Things You Should Know About Dress Purple Day 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Month is coming up in October. Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about Dress Purple Day. 1. This year Dress Purple Day takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. 2. Dress Purple Day is a provincial day of action that takes place

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Ontario youth in care celebrate ten years of YouthCAN and recommend the way forward

YouthCAN, a program for Ontario youth in care, recently marked its 10-year anniversary. To honour the occasion, the program underwent a comprehensive review to evaluate its purpose, goals, and future priorities. We recently spoke with Brian Van-Du, YouthCAN coordinator, to find out about the review’s findings and

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first five recommendations for change are directed at child welfare.

Dawn Flegel, Executive Director of Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society, talks about the steps her agency has taken to start repairing their relationship with Indigenous communities When did Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid’s journey towards reconciliation with First Nations communities begin? When I first started as executive director at Sarnia-Lambton

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How the Call to Action is transforming Child Welfare

After its initial launch a year ago, Call to Action­–related projects are now up and running, and the transformation of child welfare in Ontario is well underway. The Call to Action was designed to guide province-wide collaborative work aimed at creating the best child welfare system and

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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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