Archive for the Youth Category

Seven Facts You Should Know About Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse includes a range of behaviours, from obvious contact offences such as touching or fondling genitalia to less obvious non-contact offences, such as exposure to sexually explicit material.1 Child sexual abuse and exploitation occur when an older child, youth, or adult takes advantage of a […]

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YouthCAN Conference 2015 – Summary

OACAS held the 9th Annual YouthCAN Conference from August 10 to 12, 2015. The objective of the conference is to expose high-school aged youth in care to post-secondary options and career opportunities. This year’s conference theme was Gear up for Success, and the focus was on developing […]

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Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group present report to Canada’s Premiers

The Aboriginal Children in Care Working group recently released the Aboriginal Children in Care Report to Canada’s Premiers. The report states that Aboriginal children are over-represented in child welfare systems across Canada. In August 2014, Canada’s Premiers directed provinces and territories to work with Aboriginal communities in […]

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Youth Opportunities Fund

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides annual grants and capacity-building supports to community-based organizations and grassroots groups serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social well-being. In June 2013, the Government of Ontario released Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed, consisting of seven themes […]

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Addressing Immigration Status Issues for Children & Youth in Care

Youth who leave care without permanent residence status or Canadian citizenship can enter a life filled with legal uncertainty and challenges. In partnership with the CAS of Toronto, Catholic CAS of Toronto, Peel CAS and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, OACAS has produced a guide on identifying and working to resolve […]

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Youth in care present their top ten ways to improve the child welfare system

In June 2015, a group of former and current youth in care presented ten ways they want to see the child welfare system improved to senior leadership of Children’s Aid Societies from across the province. The presentation was made at a quarterly gathering of Children’s Aid executives […]

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YPAAG Youth Retreat

From June 5-7, 2015, members of the Youth Policy Advisory and Advocacy Group (YPAAG) attended a weekend retreat at the Bark Lake Leadership Centre to take part in activities that included canoeing, archery, hikes, low ropes and high ropes. Each activity challenged people to step out of […]

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Children’s Aid Youth Civic Day a Success

On May 14, OACAS and the YouthCAN program hosted the third Children’s Aid Youth Civics Day at Queen’s Park. The day commemorated the second Children and Youth in Care Day, enacted into law in 2014 and recommended in My Real Life Book, the report from the Youth Leaving Care Hearings organized […]

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‘Staying Put’ changing the culture of care so that youth stay at home until they are finished school

What does this mean? Despite many positive changes, the Ontario child welfare system still expects 17 year olds to be preparing for independence so that they can leave their foster care home at 18 years of age – before the age most youth complete high school. As […]

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Extend the age of protection to 18

What does this mean? Currently in Ontario, the laws which protect children from abuse and neglect do not extend to children once they turn 16 years old. Most social and legal constructs consider someone an adult when they turn 18. You must be 18 before you can […]

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