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OACAS welcomes unanimous decision to support equitable child welfare services on First Nations reserves

On November 1, 2016 members of the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of a motion to act immediately to improve child welfare services for First Nations children and families on reserves. The motion, introduced by NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, called on the Liberal […]

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Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

A Human Rights group in Toronto has been exploring the concern for the well being of children being placed in detention related to Immigration. OACAS as an Member Association was invited to participate in the finalization of the letter to Government and to support that children should […]

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“Ati kapi ci wepik/We will never let this happen again”: Sixties Scoop landmark trial begins

On August 23, after years of delays, the Ontario Superior Court began hearing a class action lawsuit launched on behalf of survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The “Scoop” refers to the thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children across Canada who were removed from their homes […]

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OACAS Statement on Motherisk and the Finalization of Adoptions

Independent review report cover

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario have been actively engaged in addressing the issues raised by the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review, which was released on December 17, 2015. The independent review, headed by Justice Susan Lang, concluded […]

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The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies responds to the recommendations from the jury at the Katelynn Sampson inquest

Katelynn Sampson was a beautiful little girl whose life ended tragically early. She died on August 3, 2008, at the age of seven years old at the hands of her caregivers, who had been granted custody of her under the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA), on the […]

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Seven things you should know about the recently released child welfare performance indicators

Performance indicators measure how well Children’s Aid Societies are serving children, youth, and families. 2016 is the first year that those Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario which were able to validate their data are publicly reporting performance indicator results on the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. […]

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CPIN ready to launch at five more Children’s Aid Societies

OACAS’ Aleem Punja discusses the highs and lows of the journey to a new provincial information system for the child welfare sector.

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Canada ranks in bottom third for child well-being in affluent countries

The recently released UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, which measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries, shows that Canada has fallen to 26th place, from 17th place in 2013, just ahead of Poland, France, and Belgium. The report measures bottom-end […]

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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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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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