Archive for the Publications Category

Analyzing Policies and Practices through a Child Rights Lens

Journal article written by: Marv Bernstein, Chief Policy Advisor, UNICEF Canada, and Pat Convery, Executive Director, Adoption Council of Ontario Although North Americans typically greet one another with the phrases “How are you?”, “Comment allez vous?”, or “Como estás?”, Masai warriors say “Kasserian ingera?” (meaning “Are the […]

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Evidence-Informed Practice in Intervening with Children Affected by Substance Abuse

Journal article by: by Deborah Goodman, Carol Baker-Lai, Carolyn Ussher, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Michelle Coutu, Diane Smylie, Jean Tweed Centre This evidence-informed, multi-sector, community partnership service model called, Children Affected by Substance Abuse (CASA), was developed in 2009-10 for children and families where parental […]

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‘Staying Put’ changing the culture of care so that youth stay at home until they are finished school

What does this mean? Despite many positive changes, the Ontario child welfare system still expects 17 year olds to be preparing for independence so that they can leave their foster care home at 18 years of age – before the age most youth complete high school. As […]

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Extend the age of protection to 18

What does this mean? Currently in Ontario, the laws which protect children from abuse and neglect do not extend to children once they turn 16 years old. Most social and legal constructs consider someone an adult when they turn 18. You must be 18 before you can […]

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Continue to develop a sustainable, accountable and transparent child welfare system

Over the past five years, beginning with the work of the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare, the child welfare system has undergone significant change to improve accountability and transparency and to ensure it is sustainable. While there has been forward movement, there is more to be […]

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Broaden subsidy programs to give all children and youth a chance settle in a permanent family

What does this mean? The current subsidy program offers monthly allowances for parents who adopt or take legal custody of Crown wards 10-17 years of age, and/or sibling groups. While this aids in finding homes for children who are more difficult to place, there are gaps. The […]

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