Archive for the Youth Category

Indigenous youth in care brought together for inaugural leadership gathering

Building Fire

On December 9th, 2016 a small group of older Indigenous youth joined their elders, Children’s Aid Society staff, and members of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Society’s (OACAS) Indigenous Services team for three days of cultural programming and leadership development at an adventure therapy camp in […]

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first five recommendations for change are directed at child welfare.

Dawn Flegel, Executive Director of Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society, talks about the steps her agency has taken to start repairing their relationship with Indigenous communities When did Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid’s journey towards reconciliation with First Nations communities begin? When I first started as executive director at Sarnia-Lambton […]

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Sixties Scoop plaintiffs win class-action lawsuit

After seven years of legal action, an Ontario judge has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs in the “Sixties Scoop” class-action lawsuit. The court has not yet determined how much the federal government must pay in damages. The plaintiffs had sued for $1.3 billion, amounting to about $85,000 for each affected person. The […]

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Hon. Michael Coteau talks to OACAS about how the proposed new Child, Youth and Family Services Act will be a game changer for child welfare

Minister Coteau

  When you announced the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act you said it was the biggest game changer in child protection in decades. Are there particular parts of the Act that you are most excited about? There are three pieces that really stand out for […]

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OACAS submission to the MCYS Adoption Enhancement Review

In September 2015 the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced a number of initiatives to support permanency and adoption services in Ontario. These initiatives include a review of adoption services in Ontario, (specifically a cost benefit analysis). The MCYS “Adoptions Enhancement Review” was formally launched […]

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It’s Adoption Awareness Month: Let’s explore the various paths to permanency in child welfare

Every child and youth needs and deserves permanent, long-term relationships; there is no one answer for every child. The primary goal of Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) is to support children to live safely with their family of origin. When that is not possible, CASs look for an […]

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Adoption recruitment changes in Ontario

Coloured pencils

Adoption recruitment continues to grow in Ontario, in large part because of the new partnership between Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy Wonderful Kids program. The province is funding 15 targeted adoption recruiters, and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is […]

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Thousands of Ontarians turn out for Go Purple Day on October 19

On October 19th, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS), and key partners marked 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. Click on the […]

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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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