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Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services on the path to becoming a mandated child protection agency

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services (DBCFS) is on its way to becoming a full-service child protection agency with the signing of the Protocol Concerning the Delivery of Child and Family Services. As the umbrella agency serving seven First Nation communities in the central-eastern Ontario area covering […]

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The Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect is the longest-running study to look at child abuse in our province

Maria Harlick, Planning and Strategy Lead at OACAS, discusses its latest findings.

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Children’s Aid Society of Toronto co-author of 2015 poverty report: child poverty rates worst in Toronto

Toronto leads in child poverty rates amongst large urban areas in Canada, says a report released October 13 by the Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto. The release comes a week before Toronto City Council debates the adoption of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. The report is based […]

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Did you know that a phone call to Children’s Aid can prevent abuse?

Toronto — October is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) will highlight how calls from the community play a vital role in preventing child abuse in Ontario. Last year over 171,000 Ontarians reached […]

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Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario: Q & A with OACAS’ CEO

Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario. Mary Ballantyne, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, discusses how Children’s Aid Societies help families dealing with this issue. How is neglect a form of child abuse? A child who is neglected […]

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Exposure to Domestic Violence

The Ontario Child and Family Services Act recognizes exposure to domestic violence as a form of child maltreatment. The legislative amendments on domestic violence were implemented in 2000 and represented a shift in child protection service.1 Exposure to domestic violence occurs when a child is exposed directly […]

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse includes a range of behaviours, from obvious contact offences such as touching or fondling genitalia to less obvious non-contact offences, such as exposure to sexually explicit material.1 Child sexual abuse and exploitation occur when an older child, youth, or adult takes advantage of a […]

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OACAS News Release: Historic consultation about child welfare takes place with African Canadian community on September 15 in North York

A historic public consultation with Toronto’s African Canadian community about their experiences with the child welfare system will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at the Jamaican Canadian Association in North York. Click here to read the news release.

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OACAS News Release: African Canadian Community to Play Lead Role in Creating Child Welfare Framework

For the first time in the history of child welfare in Ontario, public consultations will be held with African Canadian communities about their experiences with the child welfare system. The first of 12 provincial community consultations will take place September 15 at the Jamaican Canadian Association located […]

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Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group present report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released the Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers. The report states that Aboriginal children are over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s Premiers directed provinces and territories to work with Aboriginal communities in […]

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