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OACAS Statement on Ontario Child Advocate’s Thunder Bay Foster Homes Report

On Tuesday, April 30, the Ontario Child Advocate’s office released its final investigative reports before closing its office permanently. Most of the Child Advocate’s investigative powers have now been transferred to the Ontario Ombudsman. On behalf of its member Children’s Aid Societies, OACAS wishes to express gratitude

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Ontario 2019 Budget: OACAS Encouraged by Investment in Community Mental Health Services, Concerned by Decrease in Funding to Children’s and Social Services Sector

The 2019 Ontario budget was announced today and contained both encouraging investments as well as reason for concern for vulnerable children, youth, and families. The government announced there will be investments of $174 million in 2019–20, focused on supporting community mental health and addictions services, mental health

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OACAS Media Statement

This week there have been several reports in the media regarding statements made by a lawyer who formerly represented Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services. The statements made in an affidavit suggested that a former youth-in-care should be considered “sexually mature” and not a child at

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New Leadership at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) is pleased to announce Nicole Bonnie has started in her role as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Bonnie is the first Black CEO in the history of OACAS and in the field of Ontario child welfare and brings with her

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National Day of the Child: Wendy Miller explains how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has become more relevant than ever for Children’s Aid Societies

Canada established National Child Day twenty-five years ago in recognition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. What does National Child Day mean to Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario? Child safety and well-being is the primary focus for Children’s Aid Societies, so National

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Express Serious Concerns about changes to the Ontario Child Advocate’s office

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies have serious concerns about the Ontario government’s plan to eliminate the Ontario Child Advocate’s office and fold its responsibilities into the office of the Ombudsman. Ontario will join Prince Edward Island and the North West Territories

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Children’s Aid Societies and schools across the province DRESS PURPLE on October 24 to speak up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being

On Wednesday October 24, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS), boards of education, schools, and EarlyOn and child care centres across the province will participate in Ontario Dress Purple Day. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about every

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Learning Together to Bring Indigenous Children Home

It’s been nearly one year since the children’s aid societies of Ontario acknowledged and apologized for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities. Children’s Aid Societies have spent the past year working

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Welcome the Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel Report

OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies welcome the Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel Report, “Safe With Intervention: Report of the Expert Panel on the Deaths of Children and Youth in Residential Placements.” We are deeply saddened by the deaths of these young people in residential care. Many parts of

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