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Child and Youth Mental Health Needs in Ontario Are Not Being Met

By Taïna Mayberry, Youth Programs Coordinator, OACAS Imagine feelings of worthlessness and guilt that sit in your mind like an unwanted house guest. They linger listlessly, taking up space where self-confidence, interests, and social life used to be. You want help. But where to start and who […]

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Ontario raises age of protection for youth from 16 to 18

As of January 1st, 16 and 17 year-olds in Ontario are finally eligible to receive protection services from Children’s Aid Societies. OACAS and Children Aid Societies have advocated for over two decades for this important change. This new age group will engage with Children’s Aid Societies on […]

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New One Vision One Voice team onboard

  As the new One Vision One Voice (OVOV) program team gets ready to implement OVOV across the province. Here is what you need to know. What’s new with OVOV? This is an important time for child welfare in Ontario. One Vision One Voice is a program […]

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5 reasons why the Children’s Mental Health Organization #kidscantwait letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne matters to Child Welfare

  The Children’s Mental Health Organization (CMHO) has launched a letter writing campaign to improve mental health services for children and youth in Ontario. Here are five reasons why the CMHO Kids Can’t Wait advocacy campaign is important for the child welfare sector: Children served by CAS […]

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Finding the right adoptive family for a child in care is one of the most challenging parts of an adoption worker’s job. It is also one of the most rewarding.

Karen Kartusch, Regional Adoption Manager, and Candace Tokiwa, Adoption Worker, talk about their work in public adoption. What exactly does an adoption worker do? Candace: The work involves a lot more than most people realize. It’s a huge process that starts with getting to know a child […]

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Nico Trocmé of McGill University discusses why identifying and treating child neglect can be so challenging

You consider the correct understanding of neglect in child protection to be tremendously important. Why is that? Across North America, neglect is the most frequently reported form of child maltreatment. First, the sheer number of children who are reported as neglected makes it important to talk about. […]

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November is Adoption Awareness Month

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During November, OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario are promoting Adoption Awareness Month to raise awareness about the importance of life-long relationships for children and youth in care. Adoption is one of a range of permanency options CASs consider when making decisions about the best […]

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An Indigenous perspective on the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign from Kenn Richard, Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services

What insights can an Indigenous perspective contribute to our annual Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign? The word child abuse implies that there is a wicked mother step-mother behind it. I wish it were that simple. What is really behind child abuse is a number of factors that […]

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DRESS PURPLE DAY 2017: OACAS and CASs work with schools to raise awareness about child abuse prevention

On October 24, 2017, OACAS, Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), and key partners marked Child Abuse Prevention Month with a provincial DRESS PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a village to keep kids safe. Click on the campaign Twitter hashtags #IBREAKtheSilence and #SpeakUp4Kids to see […]

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“Kin” family homes are a key placement option for children and youth whose families are struggling.

Here are six ways kin families are changing Ontario’s child welfare system for the better. 1. Kin families help keep families together. Kinship Service and Kinship Care are child welfare placement options, like fostering, for the small number of children who cannot be cared for safely within […]

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