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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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Changemakers Series No. 1: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Anayah Phares, founder of Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success (CHEERS), an organization helping youth to transition out of care. Changemaker My name is Anayah Phares (formerly known as Rosimay Venancio), founder of CHEERS — Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success. Where Toronto […]

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Seven things you should know about the recently released child welfare performance indicators

Performance indicators measure how well Children’s Aid Societies are serving children, youth, and families. 2016 is the first year that those Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario which were able to validate their data are publicly reporting performance indicator results on the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. […]

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CPIN ready to launch at five more Children’s Aid Societies

OACAS’ Aleem Punja discusses the highs and lows of the journey to a new provincial information system for the child welfare sector.

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Community-led project to improve outcomes for African Canadian children in Ontario’s child welfare system

OACAS’ Kike Ojo provides an update on where the One Vision One Voice project is at. During the fall and winter, the One Vision One Voice project held 15 community consultations across the province. What was the purpose of these consultations? The purpose of gathering community feedback […]

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13 responses from child welfare to the Jeffrey Baldwin inquest recommendations

Provincial inquests offer meaningful and valuable insights into tragic deaths and how they can be prevented from happening again. Jeffrey Baldwin’s death in 2002 was a tragedy that shocked and saddened the entire child welfare sector. The inquest into the death of Jeffrey Baldwin and the jury’s […]

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Navigating the Ontario adoption system made easier

Individuals wishing to expand their families through adoption will be able to navigate the Ontario adoption system more smoothly thanks to new educational materials launched by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). The materials have been endorsed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which […]

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How collecting race-based data can dramatically improve child welfare services

Kike Ojo, Project Manager of One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians, explains how acknowledging racial differences will result in better service. In 2015, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto released race-based statistics indicating that African Canadian children make up 41% of […]

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Blake, an Indigenous youth in care, speaks about his most memorable moments at the Bark Lake youth conference

Every summer for the past three years, Indigenous youth in care have gathered on the shores of Bark Lake in Kawartha-Haliburton to learn about their language, culture, and identity. The Bark Lake Youth Conference, first held at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto in 2012, is […]

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