Archive for the Youth Category

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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Broaden subsidy programs to give all children and youth a chance settle in a permanent family

What does this mean? The current subsidy program offers monthly allowances for parents who adopt or take legal custody of Crown wards 10-17 years of age, and/or sibling groups. While this aids in finding homes for children who are more difficult to place, there are gaps. The […]

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Encouraging safe spaces for LGBTQ youth

The importance of increasing caregiver and Children’s Aid Society capacity to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited or questioning (LGBTQ) youth in and leaving care was identified in the Youth Leaving Care Working Group (YLCWG)“Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System”. It has been suggested […]

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Ultimate Health Rights Survival Guide

The Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (OPACY) has produced a guide to help young people in provincial care understand and exercise their health rights. Anchored in recommendations from My Real Life Book (the report from the Youth Leaving Care Legislative Hearings) the Ultimate Health Rights Survival Guide provides young people with information […]

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