Archive for the Youth Category

Landmark decision by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal a chance to begin righting past wrongs against First Nations children and families

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), on behalf of its 44 member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling that the federal government has discriminated against First Nations children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare […]

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MCYS Residential Services Review Panel’s Report and Recommendations

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies welcomes the report “Because Young People Matter”, a review of Ontario’s residential services for children and youth, which was released by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). The report represents the hard work of the Residential Services Review […]

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Peel CAS specialized immigration team to lead child welfare in supporting Ontario’s Syrian refugees

A specialized immigration team at Peel Children’s Aid (CAS) will serve as a leading expert that child welfare agencies can turn to as they prepare for the thousands of Syrian refugee families arriving in Ontario. Members of this team will assist other agencies across the province in […]

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OACAS launches updated Assessment and Action Record, a planning tool for children and youth in care

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New software allows youth, caregivers, and child welfare professionals to complete questionnaire online After 2 years of extensive work and consultation, OACAS is launching a revised version of the Assessment and Action Record (AAR). Children’s Aid Societies use the AAR to develop a plan of care for […]

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Recognizing the Rights of the Child

In recognition of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), November 20 is observed annually in Canada as National Child Day and worldwide as Universal Children’s Day. “Today is a day […]

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The Cross-Over Youth Project: Keeping Youth in Care Out of the Criminal Justice System

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Ryerson University has launched the Cross-Over Youth Project, a federally and provincially funded partnership to help prevent youth in care from “crossing over” into the youth justice system. The Cross-Over Youth Project is a partnership between Ryerson University and the Ontario Court of Justice, and has received […]

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The youth perspective on building a better child welfare system for African Canadians

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African Canadian youth have the chance to share their ideas about how to improve the child welfare system as part of the final stage of a series of community consultations for the ground-breaking project ONE VISION ONE VOICE: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians. ONE […]

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Did you know that a phone call to Children’s Aid can prevent abuse?

Toronto — October is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) will highlight how calls from the community play a vital role in preventing child abuse in Ontario. Last year over 171,000 Ontarians reached […]

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Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario: Q & A with OACAS’ CEO

Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario. Mary Ballantyne, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, discusses how Children’s Aid Societies help families dealing with this issue. How is neglect a form of child abuse? A child who is neglected […]

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Exposure to Domestic Violence

The Ontario Child and Family Services Act recognizes exposure to domestic violence as a form of child maltreatment. The legislative amendments on domestic violence were implemented in 2000 and represented a shift in child protection service.1 Exposure to domestic violence occurs when a child is exposed directly […]

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