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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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Landmark decision by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal a chance to begin righting past wrongs against First Nations children and families

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), on behalf of its 44 member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling that the federal government has discriminated against First Nations children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare

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OACAS identifies reconciliation with Aboriginal communities as its key priority for 2016

Karen Hill, Director of Aboriginal Services at OACAS, discusses the journey so far and what lies ahead.

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Peel CAS specialized immigration team to lead child welfare in supporting Ontario’s Syrian refugees

A specialized immigration team at Peel Children’s Aid (CAS) will serve as a leading expert that child welfare agencies can turn to as they prepare for the thousands of Syrian refugee families arriving in Ontario. Members of this team will assist other agencies across the province in

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Responding to calls for change in the Ontario child welfare system: Toronto Star op-ed

Those who call for the overhaul of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies fail to understand the many ways in which our system excels. Children’s Aid Societies welcome feedback on their work with those Ontario families who struggle with overwhelming challenges related to poverty, violence, addiction, and mental health

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The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies responds to the Final Report of the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review

Independent review report cover

A year after the Attorney General appointed an independent review into hair testing at the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory (MDTL), Justice Susan Lang released her final report. The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) trusted in the world-renowned Hospital

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Child Welfare Sector Response to Auditor General Report 2015

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its members welcome the 2015 report of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. The safety and protection of children is the first priority of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). As noted by the Auditor General, child

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Children exposed to domestic violence represent almost 50% of substantiated investigations by Ontario Children’s Aid Societies

Executive Director Alison Scott

Executive Director Karen Spencer talks about the problem of family violence and how Family & Children Services of the Waterloo Region is addressing the issue. Ontario’s leading academic study on child abuse and neglect* shows that almost half of substantiated investigations in the province involve children being

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