Child Welfare

Interested in conducting child welfare research?
Researchers who are interested in conducting studies related to child welfare and would like access to Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies are invited to contact the OACAS Research Advisory Committee Chair. 

Please also contact the Chair if you are interested in having representation from children’s aid societies on an advisory committee for a research project. Click here for details.


The field of Child Welfare is focused on improving the health, well-being, education and safety of children and youth. In Ontario, many organizations work to ensure the well-being and safety of children. However, Ontario’s 46 Children’s Aid Societies and Family and Children’s Services, 44 of which are members of OACAS, are the only child welfare agencies mandated by the Ontario Government to protect children from harm.

Children’s Aid Societies work with service partners and the community to ensure the safety, well-being and stability of children and youth. Community partners such as hospitals, schools, community service agencies and police services work together with Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies to prevent abuse and neglect, improve child safety, maintain children’s health and wellness and support and strengthen families to better care for children.

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