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Learning Together to Bring Indigenous Children Home

It’s been nearly one year since the children’s aid societies of Ontario acknowledged and apologized for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities. Children’s Aid Societies have spent the past year working

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Children’s Aid Societies engage education sector in campaign that reminds kids that help is available and no one is alone

Children’s Aid Societies across the province are reaching out to Boards of Education, schools, and EarlyON and child care centres and asking them to partner on the Ontario Dress Purple Day campaign, which this year takes place on October 24. The day of action raises awareness about

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OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Welcome the Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel Report

OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies welcome the Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel Report, “Safe With Intervention: Report of the Expert Panel on the Deaths of Children and Youth in Residential Placements.” We are deeply saddened by the deaths of these young people in residential care. Many parts of

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Ontario’s kin families celebrated during Kin Awareness Week

Last year, almost 25% of children and youth needing temporary out of home placements in Ontario lived with kin families. The important role of kin families in child welfare was celebrated during Kin Awareness Week, which took place this week, September 24 to 28. “It is good

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Improving child welfare services to LGBT2SQ+ youth and families through evaluation, assessment, and celebration

Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies will soon be undertaking a self-assessment process to evaluate their capacity to serve and support LGBT2SQ+ staff, volunteers, families, and youth. The tool, which will ask agencies to review their practices in a range of domains including governance and policy, organizational environment and

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First ever gathering of African Canadian Youth in Care marks a turning point for child welfare

Imagine being an 18-year-old boy, in a crowd of 130 young people of African Canadian descent and more than 70 adults. A microphone comes your way, and you are given the opportunity to share your experiences of the child welfare system. You talk about your foster home.

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Kinship Families: Keeping Kids Connected

September 24 to 28 is Kinship Week, where Children’s Aid Societies celebrate and share about the important role that kinship families play in keeping Ontario’s children and youth safe and connected to their communities. Learn more about child welfare’s kinship models and their many benefits.

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OACAS looks forward to working with Cabinet announced today and all MPPs to advance the needs of children, youth, families, and communities in Ontario

Today Premier Ford announced his Cabinet at Queen’s Park and the portfolio for children and youth has been appointed to Hon. Lisa MacLeod (Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Ms. Amy Fee was also announced as the Parliamentary Assistant to

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Statement on detention of minors

June 27, 2018 In recent weeks, news reports of children being detained and/or separated from their parents in the U.S has gravely concerned Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario. As agencies and individuals who support and care for children, we believe strongly that children should not be subjected

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Doors Open to New Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence

The Trump administration’s current separation of children from their migrant parents has put children and immigration issues in the spotlight. But few people understand the extent to which children with unresolved immigration status issues are a growing issue for Canada. To meet this expanding need, Peel Children’s

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