Archive for the Youth Category

Changemakers Series No. 1: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Anayah Phares, founder of Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success (CHEERS), an organization helping youth to transition out of care. Changemaker My name is Anayah Phares (formerly known as Rosimay Venancio), founder of CHEERS — Creating Hope and Ensuring Excellent Roads to Success. Where Toronto

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Community-led project to improve outcomes for African Canadian children in Ontario’s child welfare system

OACAS’ Kike Ojo provides an update on where the One Vision One Voice project is at. During the fall and winter, the One Vision One Voice project held 15 community consultations across the province. What was the purpose of these consultations? The purpose of gathering community feedback

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Navigating the Ontario adoption system made easier

Individuals wishing to expand their families through adoption will be able to navigate the Ontario adoption system more smoothly thanks to new educational materials launched by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). The materials have been endorsed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, which

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How collecting race-based data can dramatically improve child welfare services

Kike Ojo, Project Manager of One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians, explains how acknowledging racial differences will result in better service. In 2015, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto released race-based statistics indicating that African Canadian children make up 41% of

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Blake, an Indigenous youth in care, speaks about his most memorable moments at the Bark Lake youth conference

Every summer for the past three years, Indigenous youth in care have gathered on the shores of Bark Lake in Kawartha-Haliburton to learn about their language, culture, and identity. The Bark Lake Youth Conference, first held at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto in 2012, is

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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

Screenshot of AAR software with avatar

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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