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Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada in 2016

The 2016 Toronto Vital Signs Report, released last week by the Toronto Foundation, paints a grim picture of child and family poverty in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). While Toronto scores high on many quality of life measures, it remains the “child poverty capital of Canada.” One

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Ontario is Going Purple on October 19: Learn how you can join the purple wave!

On Wednesday October 19th 2016, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS), and key partners will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a provincial GO PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a community working together to prevent child abuse.

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies launch Child Abuse Prevention Month

                The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and member Children’s Aid Societies have officially launched Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), a month-long campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention in Ontario. One of the key goals of

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Your Call Could Be the Most Important in a Child’s Life: Meet Three People Who Tell You Why

Last year, over 165,000 Ontarians reached out to Children’s Aid with concerns about the safety of a child, an indication of the extent to which the community safety net for children and youth in Ontario is working. But many people feel guilty about calling Children’s Aid. They

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One Vision One Voice Practice Framework Set to Launch at September 29 Symposium

On September 29th, the One Vision One Voice project will launch the Practice Framework, comprised of Part I, the Research Report, and Part II, the Race EquityPractices, at a one-day Symposium at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel. Over the last year, One Vision One Voice has consulted with

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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Go Purple on Wednesday, October 19

On October 3, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. You can buy a provincial CAPM t-shirt. The goal of the campaign is to

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Your Story, Your Success: Ending the stigma for youth in care

“It’s up to you to decide what you want your life to be; we’re here to support your success.” Those were the words that greeted the 200-plus attendees at this year’s YouthCAN conference, the 10th annual conference for youth in care in Ontario. Henry Morales, a program

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Taking Indigenous Kids Home: Photo highlights from this summer’s OACAS Youth in Care Gathering

This summer, Indigenous youth in care from across the province traveled to Bark Lake Leadership Centre near Irondale, Ontario for three days of cultural workshops and activities focused on building community. Watch some the highlights of this dynamic gathering. “This Gathering is a great way for Indigenous youth

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How Children’s Aid uses a simple circle to help resolve parent–child conflicts

Penny Anderson, a Family Support Worker at Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, describes how Circle of Security makes lasting improvements in parent–child relationships. The primary goal of Children’s Aid is to keep struggling families together more safely. How does Circle of Security support

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Going Places: Meet 10 former youth in care who are Clark Bursary recipients

For the past 27 years, OACAS and YouthCAN have hosted a glamorous evening where former youth in care each receive a Clark Bursary, a highly coveted award that provides funding of $3,500 a year for up to 4 years towards their postsecondary education. The bursaries are the

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