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October 24 is Ontario Dress Purple Day: Children’s Aid Societies’ campaign asks adults to think more carefully about how they can be helpful to the children and youth in their lives

On October 24 Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch the annual Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign, to raise awareness about the important role that adults and communities play in supporting children and youth, especially those who are facing challenges. This year as many as fifty boards

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Jean Samuel, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at OACAS, talks about the significance of her new position for child welfare in Ontario

Your position as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a new one at OACAS. What is the significance of this position for child welfare? Ninety percent of the children and youth that Children’s Aid Societies support come from marginalized experiences. Over the last fifteen years many

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The Child, Youth and Family Services Act is going to dramatically increase the number of kin families supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families. Senior Counsel Cheryl Buehler discusses how the new legislation will make this happen.

The child welfare sector has been identifying kin families as a placement option for children and youth who can’t live with their immediate families for decades, but kin has continued to lag behind adoption and foster placements. Is the new Child, Youth, and Family Services Act (CYFSA)

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Research* shows that broad kin networks are directly linked to better outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system. Here are 5 reasons why child welfare is increasingly collaborating with community members to keep children and youth safe

1 Children and youth in the care of the child welfare system really care about the adults in their extended networks – regardless of whether they are related to them or not. One research study documents that children living in foster care are deeply attuned to the

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OACAS Welcomes Associate Minister Dunlop’s Launch Announcement for Child Welfare Modernization Engagement Process

Today, at Jewish Family and Child, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, announced the government’s intentions to begin an engagement process aimed at informing their plans to modernize Ontario’s child welfare, adoption, and residential services system. Nicole Bonnie, CEO of OACAS, was in attendance

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OACAS Statement on Ontario Child Advocate’s Thunder Bay Foster Homes Report

On Tuesday, April 30, the Ontario Child Advocate’s office released its final investigative reports before closing its office permanently. Most of the Child Advocate’s investigative powers have now been transferred to the Ontario Ombudsman. On behalf of its member Children’s Aid Societies, OACAS wishes to express gratitude

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Ontario 2019 Budget: OACAS Encouraged by Investment in Community Mental Health Services, Concerned by Decrease in Funding to Children’s and Social Services Sector

The 2019 Ontario budget was announced today and contained both encouraging investments as well as reason for concern for vulnerable children, youth, and families. The government announced there will be investments of $174 million in 2019–20, focused on supporting community mental health and addictions services, mental health

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The secret is shame: Why some white child welfare workers really don’t want to address race

“What’s even worse than our white guilt is our shame” is the feedback I heard from white child welfare workers after I published my article “White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers.” As child welfare workers, making mistakes in our practice can

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