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OACAS looks forward to working with Cabinet announced today and all MPPs to advance the needs of children, youth, families, and communities in Ontario

Today Premier Ford announced his Cabinet at Queen’s Park and the portfolio for children and youth has been appointed to Hon. Lisa MacLeod (Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Ms. Amy Fee was also announced as the Parliamentary Assistant to

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Statement on detention of minors

June 27, 2018 In recent weeks, news reports of children being detained and/or separated from their parents in the U.S has gravely concerned Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario. As agencies and individuals who support and care for children, we believe strongly that children should not be subjected

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Need for services for 16- and 17-year olds growing quickly: early analysis of newly expanded age of protection

On January 1, 2018, Ontario’s child protection legislation was amended to extend child protection services to youth aged 16 and 17, a change that was long advocated for by OACAS and Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). An early analysis by OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies reinforced much

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Explained: The Child Welfare Worker Safety Project

Yacine Dottridge, Senior Program Analyst – Labour Relations, from OACAS explains the origins of the Worker Safety Project What is the Worker Safety Project all about? The Worker Safety Project is about making working conditions safer for Ontario’s child welfare professionals. When I say safer, I mean

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Youth celebrate Youth in Care Day at Toronto City Hall – and push for more opportunities to make their voice heard

On the fifth anniversary of Children and Youth in Care Day in Ontario, over one hundred youth and former youth in care and their workers travelled to Toronto City Hall to attend a “Youth Civics Day.” OACAS partnered with the Ontario Child Advocate to host the event,

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Children’s Aid Societies Welcome OHRC Report, Take Action to Combat Over-representation in Child Welfare

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) welcome the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s report, Interrupted childhoods: Over-representation of Indigenous and Black children in Ontario child welfare. The report shines a light on the complex and multi-faceted issues that have contributed to

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Budget invests in vulnerable children and families, but child welfare largely left out

A significant investment of $2.1 billion over four years to improve access to mental health care and addiction services in yesterday’s budget is good news for many families involved with child welfare in Ontario. Nearly half of families receive services from children’s aid because of adult mental

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Ontario’s first Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence to open in June

The complex issue of immigration and citizenship facing some youth in care came into the public spotlight this month, when a former crown ward proposed a $200-million class-action lawsuit against the Ontario government by individuals who were taken into the care of a CAS and made Crown

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Emergency Summit on Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada

A Conversation with OACAS CEO, Mary Ballantyne, and Director of Indigenous Services, Karen Hill The federal minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, called for an emergency summit to be held last month to address the current situation in Indigenous child welfare, which she has likened the horrors

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Providing culturally appropriate child and family services for Indigenous children

This month, the pre-designated Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency held an official project launch. As one of four pre-designated Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies, Waabnoong Bemjiwang will eventually provide child protection services to seven communities in the Sudbury, Nipissing and Parry Sound areas: Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan,

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