Archive for the Youth Category

Budget invests in vulnerable children and families, but child welfare largely left out

A significant investment of $2.1 billion over four years to improve access to mental health care and addiction services in yesterday’s budget is good news for many families involved with child welfare in Ontario. Nearly half of families receive services from children’s aid because of adult mental

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“What’s Up” Walk-In Clinics: Less Waiting, More Talking

There is reason for growing optimism now regarding mental health services for children, youth, and families in Ontario. Last week, the Ontario government announced $2.1 billion in additional mental health funding over the next four years. This adds to the $3.8 billion spent annually on mental health

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Ontario’s first Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence to open in June

The complex issue of immigration and citizenship facing some youth in care came into the public spotlight this month, when a former crown ward proposed a $200-million class-action lawsuit against the Ontario government by individuals who were taken into the care of a CAS and made Crown

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Emergency Summit on Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada

A Conversation with OACAS CEO, Mary Ballantyne, and Director of Indigenous Services, Karen Hill The federal minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, called for an emergency summit to be held last month to address the current situation in Indigenous child welfare, which she has likened the horrors

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Beyond freshly baked cookies: Using One Vision One Voice to reflect on social work practice

When you have worked in child welfare there are some memories that stay with you. For me there is one that endures…an apprehension of two children that occurred suddenly and went late into the night. We called the foster parents, while the children clutched tightly to what

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Focusing on the Present During Black History Month: A Personal Reflection

“Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.”  – Rosemary Brown (First Black Woman in Canada to be a Member of a Provincial Legislature) Taïna Mayberry, OACAS Youth Programs Coordinator, offers some personal reflections on Black History Month. What Celebrating Black History

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Providing culturally appropriate child and family services for Indigenous children

This month, the pre-designated Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency held an official project launch. As one of four pre-designated Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies, Waabnoong Bemjiwang will eventually provide child protection services to seven communities in the Sudbury, Nipissing and Parry Sound areas: Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan,

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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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