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This October marks the 25th anniversary of Child Abuse Prevention Month

Support the OACAS/CAS campaign and Dress Purple Day On October 1, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and member agencies will launch the annual Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign to raise awareness about the role that everybody in the community plays in keeping kids safe, […]

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4 things you should know about the child welfare sector’s commitments to Reconciliation

And how they are shaping the sector’s priorities with Indigenous communities going forward 1. Every Children’s Aid Society has committed to tangible Reconciliation actions. On June 6, 2017, the Ontario child welfare sector unanimously agreed to prioritize Reconciliation with Indigenous communities through nine key commitments.

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Child Welfare’s Reconciliation Pathway

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies’ acknowledgment and apology for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities is an important point on the sector’s path to Reconciliation. However, the Reconciliation pathway […]

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Marking a Moment in Child Welfare’s Reconciliation Journey

An apology, an acknowledgement, and a conversation to move forward On October 1-3, 2017, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) will host a gathering at Geneva Park and Rama First Nation to acknowledge and apologize for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and […]

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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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Rising Up & Embracing Our Differences

Supporting the leadership and individuality of youth in care at the 2017 YouthCAN Conference Every summer, YouthCAN hosts a conference for youth in the care of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CAS). The conference goal is to expose high school youth in care to post-secondary options and career […]

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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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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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Revamped curriculum launched for Ontario’s child protection workers

New curriculum increases focus on equity, human rights, anti-racism, and Indigenous content In January 2017, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) launched a revamped set of curriculum for Ontario’s child protection workers. The Child Welfare Pathway to Authorization Series is designed to be more responsive and […]

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Be the One: Meaghan Martin talks about her drive to “Be the One” for others as a way to thank her foster parents

I came into the care of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (KHCAS) a day before my 15th birthday. I had spent most of my childhood living in an unstable environment. My mother is an alcoholic and so growing up was quite hard. It meant dealing with a […]

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