Archive for the Community Partners Category

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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Ontario’s premier research study on child abuse has released its latest findings

The Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect has released its latest findings on child abuse in Ontario. The last Study was published in 2008. The findings are based on 5,265 child maltreatment investigations tracked at 17 child welfare agencies from every jurisdiction in the […]

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Releases Time to Grow Up

On January 27, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released Time to Grow Up – Family Practices for the Way we Live Now, its study highlighting current Canadian trends related to childcare, parental leave, child and family tax policies, and jobs and income. The study finds the federal […]

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Free legal services for foster families and youth seeking to complete the adoption process

OACAS and Pro Bono Law Ontario have partnered to provide free legal services for foster families and youth seeking to complete the adoption process. Services include: Legal advice and representation for parents and youth over 18 Legal advice for foster parents adopting children under 18 Information about the […]

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Ultimate Health Rights Survival Guide

The Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (OPACY) has produced a guide to help young people in provincial care understand and exercise their health rights. Anchored in recommendations from My Real Life Book (the report from the Youth Leaving Care Legislative Hearings) the Ultimate Health Rights Survival Guide provides young people with information […]

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