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OACAS Statement on Motherisk and the Finalization of Adoptions

Independent review report cover

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario have been actively engaged in addressing the issues raised by the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review, which was released on December 17, 2015. The independent review, headed by Justice Susan Lang, concluded […]

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Sixties Scoop trial begins August 23 with rally

  In 2009, two Sixties Scoop survivors launched a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada on behalf of the estimated 16,000 survivors from Ontario. On August 23, the Ontario Superior Court will begin hearing their case. Between 1965 and 1985, thousands of First Nations, Metis, and […]

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How Children’s Aid uses a simple circle to help resolve parent–child conflicts

Penny Anderson, a Family Support Worker at Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, describes how Circle of Security makes lasting improvements in parent–child relationships. The primary goal of Children’s Aid is to keep struggling families together more safely. How does Circle of Security support […]

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Going Places: Meet 10 former youth in care who are Clark Bursary recipients

For the past 27 years, OACAS and YouthCAN have hosted a glamorous evening where former youth in care each receive a Clark Bursary, a highly coveted award that provides funding of $3,500 a year for up to 4 years towards their postsecondary education. The bursaries are the […]

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Adopted youth now eligible for aftercare benefits

OACAS is pleased to announce that adopted youth are now eligible for the Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI). The ABI program, which provides health, dental, counselling, and life skills support services to former youth in care aged 21 to 25, was launched 2 years ago. Last year, the […]

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Human trafficking represents a growing form of child abuse in Ontario

Nancy French of York Region Children’s Aid Society discusses how pimps lure youth in care into the sex trade with promises of a better life and what child welfare and the police are doing to stop it. How did you first learn that human trafficking is an […]

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Youth in care talk politics and explore Queen’s Park for Youth Civics Day

Over 150 youth in care from across Ontario gathered at Queen’s Park on May 10, 2016, for a day of education, networking, and fun as part of the fourth annual Youth Civics Day hosted by OACAS’ YouthCAN team. Watch this 2-minute video now to see highlights of their […]

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Changemakers Series No. 2: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Gabriella, whose life was changed by an Indigenous child welfare worker. She hopes to make a similar difference in the lives of other youth in care. Changemaker My name is Gabriella. Where Oshawa The biggest challenge I have faced My grandmother died, and my mother went […]

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Friends and family first: How Children’s Aid keeps children out of care

Across the province Children’s Aid is reducing the number of children in care. Maxine McCaulay reveals how Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society’s work with kin is transforming the way her agency protects children. Working with kin — including relatives but also others with whom the child has a […]

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The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies responds to the recommendations from the jury at the Katelynn Sampson inquest

Katelynn Sampson was a beautiful little girl whose life ended tragically early. She died on August 3, 2008, at the age of seven years old at the hands of her caregivers, who had been granted custody of her under the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA), on the […]

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