Archive for the Youth Category

The role that Children’s Aid plays in public adoption is often misunderstood

Senior Program Analyst Morag Demers talks about what public adoption looks like today. Many people don’t realize that Children’s Aid is responsible for public adoption in Ontario. Can you clarify the role that Children’s Aid plays in finding forever families for kids? Under the Child and Family […]

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Nobody knows better than Violet-Rose Pharoah that the road to belonging can be long and challenging.

In this personal essay, a former child in care describes her journey to a forever family. Someone once told me that the people who are meant to love you, will always find their way to you. As someone who spent over 15 years in foster care and […]

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OACAS welcomes unanimous decision to support equitable child welfare services on First Nations reserves

On November 1, 2016 members of the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of a motion to act immediately to improve child welfare services for First Nations children and families on reserves. The motion, introduced by NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, called on the Liberal […]

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Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

A Human Rights group in Toronto has been exploring the concern for the well being of children being placed in detention related to Immigration. OACAS as an Member Association was invited to participate in the finalization of the letter to Government and to support that children should […]

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Kike Ojo, One Vision One Voice project lead, discusses the project’s findings and what they mean for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Why is the release of the One Vision One Voice Practice Framework an important moment in child welfare? The One Vision One Voice Project and Practice Framework is an acknowledgement by child welfare that we serve African Canadian families, children and youth. We’re in an era where […]

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One Vision One Voice launches Practice Framework aimed at supporting better outcomes for African Canadians in child welfare

The publication of the two-volume Practice Framework, One Vision One Voice: Changing the Ontario Child Welfare System to Better Serve African Canadians, is a historic event for both the child welfare sector and the African Canadian community in Ontario. The Framework, which was launched at a one-day […]

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Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada in 2016

The 2016 Toronto Vital Signs Report, released last week by the Toronto Foundation, paints a grim picture of child and family poverty in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). While Toronto scores high on many quality of life measures, it remains the “child poverty capital of Canada.” One […]

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Ontario is Going Purple on October 19: Learn how you can join the purple wave!

On Wednesday October 19th 2016, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS), and key partners will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a provincial GO PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a community working together to prevent child abuse. […]

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies launch Child Abuse Prevention Month

                The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and member Children’s Aid Societies have officially launched Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), a month-long campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention in Ontario. One of the key goals of […]

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Your Call Could Be the Most Important in a Child’s Life: Meet Three People Who Tell You Why

Last year, over 165,000 Ontarians reached out to Children’s Aid with concerns about the safety of a child, an indication of the extent to which the community safety net for children and youth in Ontario is working. But many people feel guilty about calling Children’s Aid. They […]

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