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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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Ontario’s kin families celebrated during Kin Awareness Week

Last year, almost 25% of children and youth needing temporary out of home placements in Ontario lived with kin families. The important role of kin families in child welfare was celebrated during Kin Awareness Week, which took place this week, September 24 to 28. “It is good

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Kinship Families: Keeping Kids Connected

September 24 to 28 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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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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Finding the right adoptive family for a child in care is one of the most challenging parts of an adoption worker’s job. It is also one of the most rewarding.

Karen Kartusch, Regional Adoption Manager, and Candace Tokiwa, Adoption Worker, talk about their work in public adoption. What exactly does an adoption worker do? Candace: The work involves a lot more than most people realize. It’s a huge process that starts with getting to know a child

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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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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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