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6 reasons why Anti-Oppressive (AO) practice is critical for child welfare in Ontario

1. Problem: The Child, Youth and Family Services Act grants Children’s Aid Societies substantial power through legislation. Solution: Working from an anti-oppressive lens encourages child welfare professionals to be mindful of this power and to reflect on how this power can be shared with children, youth, and

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Children’s Aid Societies Welcome OHRC Report, Take Action to Combat Over-representation in Child Welfare

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) welcome the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s report, Interrupted childhoods: Over-representation of Indigenous and Black children in Ontario child welfare. The report shines a light on the complex and multi-faceted issues that have contributed to

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Budget invests in vulnerable children and families, but child welfare largely left out

A significant investment of $2.1 billion over four years to improve access to mental health care and addiction services in yesterday’s budget is good news for many families involved with child welfare in Ontario. Nearly half of families receive services from children’s aid because of adult mental

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“What’s Up” Walk-In Clinics: Less Waiting, More Talking

There is reason for growing optimism now regarding mental health services for children, youth, and families in Ontario. Last week, the Ontario government announced $2.1 billion in additional mental health funding over the next four years. This adds to the $3.8 billion spent annually on mental health

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Ontario’s first Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence to open in June

The complex issue of immigration and citizenship facing some youth in care came into the public spotlight this month, when a former crown ward proposed a $200-million class-action lawsuit against the Ontario government by individuals who were taken into the care of a CAS and made Crown

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Emergency Summit on Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada

A Conversation with OACAS CEO, Mary Ballantyne, and Director of Indigenous Services, Karen Hill The federal minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, called for an emergency summit to be held last month to address the current situation in Indigenous child welfare, which she has likened the horrors

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Beyond freshly baked cookies: Using One Vision One Voice to reflect on social work practice

When you have worked in child welfare there are some memories that stay with you. For me there is one that endures…an apprehension of two children that occurred suddenly and went late into the night. We called the foster parents, while the children clutched tightly to what

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Focusing on the Present During Black History Month: A Personal Reflection

“Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.”  – Rosemary Brown (First Black Woman in Canada to be a Member of a Provincial Legislature) Taïna Mayberry, OACAS Youth Programs Coordinator, offers some personal reflections on Black History Month. What Celebrating Black History

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Providing culturally appropriate child and family services for Indigenous children

This month, the pre-designated Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency held an official project launch. As one of four pre-designated Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies, Waabnoong Bemjiwang will eventually provide child protection services to seven communities in the Sudbury, Nipissing and Parry Sound areas: Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan,

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One Vision One Voice Officially Launches Phase II

  After months of planning, Phase II of the One Vision One Voice project is officially underway. The goal of Phase II is to work with societies towards achieving child welfare service excellence and eliminate disproportionate and disparate outcomes of African Canadians involved in the child welfare

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