Archive for the Research Category

Ontario Government Child Welfare Online Survey

The government’s Provincial Child Welfare, Adoption and Residential Services Survey launched August 30, 2019. Government is seeking input from those involved with child welfare and residential services, including: youth/former youth, parents, family members, caregivers, workers. The survey closes October 11, 2019. Take the survey. If you know

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The secret is shame: Why some white child welfare workers really don’t want to address race

“What’s even worse than our white guilt is our shame” is the feedback I heard from white child welfare workers after I published my article “White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers.” As child welfare workers, making mistakes in our practice can

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A conversation with Jocelyne Raymond, Recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Dave Thomas Foundation, through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program, provides grants to adoption agencies and Children’s Aid Societies to hire and train recruiters to find permanent homes for those children and youth in Canada’s foster care system. Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Jocelyne Raymond. I

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Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare: Recognizing Collective Resistance of the African Canadian Community

Trauma informed practice has become popular within the social services and has recently entered Ontario child welfare. At One Vision One Voice (OVOV), we think trauma informed practice can be helpful in moving us away from a pathologizing, over- medicalizing and blaming lens upon people’s behavior; by asking

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White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers

In reading current social work literature, it is clear that the Ontario child welfare system is recognized as systemically racist. There is a lot of discussion regarding the system’s gross over-representation of Indigenous and African Canadian people. The literature also points to the reality that it is white people

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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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October 24 is Ontario Dress Purple Day: the campaign that speaks up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being and for social service supports that keep families strong

On October 24, Children’s Aid Societies will launch their annual campaign, Ontario Dress Purple Day, to raise awareness about every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being. This year the campaign will include a focus on the role that the broader social and economic environment plays

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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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The elephant in the room: Addressing racial anxiety of white social workers in child welfare

Talking about and confronting race is often difficult. Why is this the case for so many of us who are white, and what can we do about it, to address racism?  For over 20 years, I have worked to understand racism within social work practice, and helped

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