Archive for the Permanency Category

November is Adoption Awareness Month

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During November, OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario are promoting Adoption Awareness Month to raise awareness about the importance of life-long relationships for children and youth in care. Adoption is one of a range of permanency options CASs consider when making decisions about the best […]

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“Kin” family homes are a key placement option for children and youth whose families are struggling.

Here are six ways kin families are changing Ontario’s child welfare system for the better. 1. Kin families help keep families together. Kinship Service and Kinship Care are child welfare placement options, like fostering, for the small number of children who cannot be cared for safely within […]

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How kinship families are improving child welfare outcomes for children and families in Ontario

Sharon Cabrera, Kin Supervisor at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, shares how kinship families help keep kids connected What does child welfare mean by kinship? We’re talking about a living arrangement in which a relative, community member, or anybody else who has a connection to a […]

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Kinship Families: Keeping Kids Connected

September 25 to 29 is Kinship Week, where Children’s Aid Societies celebrate and share about the important role that kinship families play in keeping Ontario’s children and youth safe and connected to their communities. Learn more about child welfare’s kinship models and their many benefits.

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Be the One: Meaghan Martin talks about her drive to “Be the One” for others as a way to thank her foster parents

I came into the care of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (KHCAS) a day before my 15th birthday. I had spent most of my childhood living in an unstable environment. My mother is an alcoholic and so growing up was quite hard. It meant dealing with a […]

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

Through the implementation of a provincial performance measurement and management system, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies have taken an important step to enhance their accountability and commitment to achieve better outcomes for the children, youth and families they serve. The three core areas of child welfare work are […]

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Better serving African Canadian families: What we can learn from Notisha Massoquoi’s adoption experience

Notisha Massaquoi

The recently released One Vision One Voice Research Report and Race Equity Practices is intended to support Children’s Aid Societies as they begin the process of deep change needed to better serve African Canadian families. As a complement to this framework, there is a great deal that […]

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OACAS submission to the MCYS Adoption Enhancement Review

In September 2015 the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced a number of initiatives to support permanency and adoption services in Ontario. These initiatives include a review of adoption services in Ontario, (specifically a cost benefit analysis). The MCYS “Adoptions Enhancement Review” was formally launched […]

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It’s Adoption Awareness Month: Let’s explore the various paths to permanency in child welfare

Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, long-term relationships; there is no one answer for every child. The primary goal of Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) is to support children to live safely with their family of origin. When that is not possible, CASs look for an […]

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Adoption recruitment changes in Ontario

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Adoption recruitment continues to grow in Ontario, in large part because of the new partnership between Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy Wonderful Kids program. The province is funding 15 targeted adoption recruiters, and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is […]

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