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Tough questions for Boards of Directors of Children’s Aid Societies: Marilyn Dumaresq shares some parting words of wisdom after ten years of service on the OACAS Board of Directors

Introduction While I have been on the Board of OACAS for 10 years it seems such a brief time compared to the history of Child Welfare in Canada. One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned is that the road to hell is truly paved with good

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Ontario youth in care celebrate ten years of YouthCAN and recommend the way forward

YouthCAN, a program for Ontario youth in care, recently marked its 10-year anniversary. To honour the occasion, the program underwent a comprehensive review to evaluate its purpose, goals, and future priorities. We recently spoke with Brian Van-Du, YouthCAN coordinator, to find out about the review’s findings and

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Revamped curriculum launched for Ontario’s child protection workers

New curriculum increases focus on equity, human rights, anti-racism, and Indigenous content In January 2017, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) launched a revamped set of curriculum for Ontario’s child protection workers. The Child Welfare Pathway to Authorization Series is designed to be more responsive and

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Be the One: Meaghan Martin talks about her drive to “Be the One” for others as a way to thank her foster parents

I came into the care of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (KHCAS) a day before my 15th birthday. I had spent most of my childhood living in an unstable environment. My mother is an alcoholic and so growing up was quite hard. It meant dealing with a

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Taking their children back: The journey to designation for Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services

Kerry Francis, Executive Director of Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services, sat down with us recently to talk about his organization’s designation, the journey it took to get here, and what it means to him and to the First Nations communities of the North Shore. On April 1st,

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Volunteering in child welfare: It takes a community to keep kids safe

Volunteers play a significant role in the work of child welfare in Ontario. Women and men across the province donate their time, talent, and resources to assist children and youth in a variety of capacities, including driving, mentoring, tutoring, assisting with special events, and providing administrative support.

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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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