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One Vision One Voice Officially Launches Phase II

  After months of planning, Phase II of the One Vision One Voice project is officially underway. The goal of Phase II is to work with societies towards achieving child welfare service excellence and eliminate disproportionate and disparate outcomes of African Canadians involved in the child welfare

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Child and Youth Mental Health Needs in Ontario Are Not Being Met

By Taïna Mayberry, Youth Programs Coordinator, OACAS Imagine feelings of worthlessness and guilt that sit in your mind like an unwanted house guest. They linger listlessly, taking up space where self-confidence, interests, and social life used to be. You want help. But where to start and who

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Ontario raises age of protection for youth from 16 to 18

As of January 1st, 16 and 17 year-olds in Ontario are finally eligible to receive protection services from Children’s Aid Societies. OACAS and Children Aid Societies have advocated for over two decades for this important change. This new age group will engage with Children’s Aid Societies on

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The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Colleague, As we enter fully into the new year of 2018, I am extremely pleased to announce the launch of Phase II of the One Vision One Voice program. For decades, the African Canadian community has expressed concern at the overrepresentation and disparate outcomes faced when

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Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Crown Wards

Class Action on Behalf of Crown Wards Were you a Crown ward at any time from the period January 1, 1966 until March 30, 2017? If so, you may be a class member in the class action which has now been certified by the court.  The lawsuit

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New One Vision One Voice team onboard

  As the new One Vision One Voice (OVOV) program team gets ready to implement OVOV across the province. Here is what you need to know. What’s new with OVOV? This is an important time for child welfare in Ontario. One Vision One Voice is a program

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Toronto region remains the child poverty capital of the country

The Toronto region remains the child poverty capital of the country, a new report released this month finds. Unequal City, developed by Toronto CAS and key community partners—Social Planning Toronto, Colour of Poverty Network, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and  Campaign 2000 to End Child Poverty—illuminates

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5 reasons why the Children’s Mental Health Organization #kidscantwait letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne matters to Child Welfare

  The Children’s Mental Health Organization (CMHO) has launched a letter writing campaign to improve mental health services for children and youth in Ontario. Here are five reasons why the CMHO Kids Can’t Wait advocacy campaign is important for the child welfare sector: Children served by CAS

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Nico Trocmé of McGill University discusses why identifying and treating child neglect can be so challenging

You consider the correct understanding of neglect in child protection to be tremendously important. Why is that? Across North America, neglect is the most frequently reported form of child maltreatment. First, the sheer number of children who are reported as neglected makes it important to talk about.

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November is Adoption Awareness Month

adult holding a child's hand

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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