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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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Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians – Project Update

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One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians is a project of the African Canadian community, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services through OACAS. Phase 1, the research phase of the project, is well underway. The consultation sessions will hear from […]

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Working with parents with mental health challenges

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OACAS has published a Practice Note and decision tree to assist child welfare professionals in identifying concerns in the daily functioning of parents and developing a service plan for families. It is based on the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS) 2.0 screening tool, which can be used to […]

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous – August 9

Commemorating the date of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous populations. The Day also recognizes the achievements and […]

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A New Beginning

OACAS project manager Kike Ojo discusses African Canadian families in Ontario child welfare. OACAS has launched a new project to address service outcomes and disproportionality for African Canadian families in child welfare. Kike Ojo is the project manager of the Practice Framework “Serving the African Canadian Community”. […]

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Youth in care present their top ten ways to improve the child welfare system

In June 2015, a group of former and current youth in care presented ten ways they want to see the child welfare system improved to senior leadership of Children’s Aid Societies from across the province. The presentation was made at a quarterly gathering of Children’s Aid executives […]

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Ontario’s premier research study on child abuse has released its latest findings

The Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect has released its latest findings on child abuse in Ontario. The last Study was published in 2008. The findings are based on 5,265 child maltreatment investigations tracked at 17 child welfare agencies from every jurisdiction in the […]

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Release of Truth and Reconciliation Commission Summary Report

As Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, I would like to congratulate the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the release of their summary report on June 2. The report is a historic accomplishment that will change our […]

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