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The Cross-Over Youth Project: Keeping Youth in Care Out of the Criminal Justice System

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Ryerson University has launched the Cross-Over Youth Project, a federally and provincially funded partnership to help prevent youth in care from “crossing over” into the youth justice system. The Cross-Over Youth Project is a partnership between Ryerson University and the Ontario Court of Justice, and has received […]

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OACAS News Release: OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Launch Adoption Awareness Month — “There are many paths to lifelong connections”

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TORONTO — During November the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) across Ontario will be promoting Adoption Awareness Month to educate the public about the importance of lifelong connections for children and youth in care. “Every child and youth needs and […]

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New Ontario government funding will increase permanency options for children and youth in care

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The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced new funding from the Ontario government that will support the efforts of Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) to provide greater permanency options for children and youth who are Crown wards. The MCYS promises include: Funding for up to 15 […]

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The youth perspective on building a better child welfare system for African Canadians

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African Canadian youth have the chance to share their ideas about how to improve the child welfare system as part of the final stage of a series of community consultations for the ground-breaking project ONE VISION ONE VOICE: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians. ONE […]

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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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