Archive for the Youth Category

Adopted youth now eligible for aftercare benefits

OACAS is pleased to announce that adopted youth are now eligible for the Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI). The ABI program, which provides health, dental, counselling, and life skills support services to former youth in care aged 21 to 25, was launched 2 years ago. Last year, the […]

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Human trafficking represents a growing form of child abuse in Ontario

Nancy French of York Region Children’s Aid Society discusses how pimps lure youth in care into the sex trade with promises of a better life and what child welfare and the police are doing to stop it. How did you first learn that human trafficking is an […]

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Youth in care talk politics and explore Queen’s Park for Youth Civics Day

Over 150 youth in care from across Ontario gathered at Queen’s Park on May 10, 2016, for a day of education, networking, and fun as part of the fourth annual Youth Civics Day hosted by OACAS’ YouthCAN team. Watch this 2-minute video now to see highlights of their […]

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Changemakers Series No. 2: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Gabriella, whose life was changed by an Indigenous child welfare worker. She hopes to make a similar difference in the lives of other youth in care. Changemaker My name is Gabriella. Where Oshawa The biggest challenge I have faced My grandmother died, and my mother went […]

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Friends and family first: How Children’s Aid keeps children out of care

Across the province Children’s Aid is reducing the number of children in care. Maxine McCaulay reveals how Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society’s work with kin is transforming the way her agency protects children. Working with kin — including relatives but also others with whom the child has a […]

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Changemakers Series No. 1: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Anayah Phares, founder of Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success (CHEERS), an organization helping youth to transition out of care. Changemaker My name is Anayah Phares (formerly known as Rosimay Venancio), founder of CHEERS — Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success. Where Toronto […]

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Community-led project to improve outcomes for African Canadian children in Ontario’s child welfare system

OACAS’ Kike Ojo provides an update on where the One Vision One Voice project is at. During the fall and winter, the One Vision One Voice project held 15 community consultations across the province. What was the purpose of these consultations? The purpose of gathering community feedback […]

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Navigating the Ontario adoption system made easier

Individuals wishing to expand their families through adoption will be able to navigate the Ontario adoption system more smoothly thanks to new educational materials launched by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). The materials have been endorsed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which […]

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How collecting race-based data can dramatically improve child welfare services

Kike Ojo, Project Manager of One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians, explains how acknowledging racial differences will result in better service. In 2015, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto released race-based statistics indicating that African Canadian children make up 41% of […]

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Blake, an Indigenous youth in care, speaks about his most memorable moments at the Bark Lake youth conference

Every summer for the past three years, Indigenous youth in care have gathered on the shores of Bark Lake in Kawartha-Haliburton to learn about their language, culture, and identity. The Bark Lake Youth Conference, first held at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto in 2012, is […]

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