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Seven Ways Your School Can Make Dress Purple Day Memorable

Dress Purple on October 24, 2017. Take pictures of school staff and students throughout the day, and share them on social media using the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence. Use the Dress Purple Classroom Resources, available at the OACAS website to engage students in the meaning behind Dress Purple Day. […]

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Superintendent Janine Bowyer talks about why her board of education decided to join the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign

As the Superintendent of Student Services and Safe Schools at Durham District Catholic School Board you were instrumental in forging a close partnership with Durham Children’s Aid Society during last year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. Why did you decide to support the campaign? From my perspective it […]

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Eight Things You Should Know About Dress Purple Day 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Month is coming up in October. Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about Dress Purple Day. 1. This year Dress Purple Day takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. 2. Dress Purple Day is a provincial day of action that takes place […]

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Tough questions for Boards of Directors of Children’s Aid Societies: Marilyn Dumaresq shares some parting words of wisdom after ten years of service on the OACAS Board of Directors

Introduction While I have been on the Board of OACAS for 10 years it seems such a brief time compared to the history of Child Welfare in Canada. One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned is that the road to hell is truly paved with good […]

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Ontario youth in care celebrate ten years of YouthCAN and recommend the way forward

YouthCAN, a program for Ontario youth in care, recently marked its 10-year anniversary. To honour the occasion, the program underwent a comprehensive review to evaluate its purpose, goals, and future priorities. We recently spoke with Brian Van-Du, YouthCAN coordinator, to find out about the review’s findings and […]

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Revamped curriculum launched for Ontario’s child protection workers

New curriculum increases focus on equity, human rights, anti-racism, and Indigenous content In January 2017, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) launched a revamped set of curriculum for Ontario’s child protection workers. The Child Welfare Pathway to Authorization Series is designed to be more responsive and […]

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Be the One: Meaghan Martin talks about her drive to “Be the One” for others as a way to thank her foster parents

I came into the care of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (KHCAS) a day before my 15th birthday. I had spent most of my childhood living in an unstable environment. My mother is an alcoholic and so growing up was quite hard. It meant dealing with a […]

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Taking their children back: The journey to designation for Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services

Kerry Francis, Executive Director of Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services, sat down with us recently to talk about his organization’s designation, the journey it took to get here, and what it means to him and to the First Nations communities of the North Shore. On April 1st, […]

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5 things you should know about the recently released child welfare performance indicators

Through the implementation of a provincial performance measurement and management system, Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies have taken an important step to enhance their accountability and commitment to achieve better outcomes for the children, youth and families they serve. The three core areas of child welfare work are […]

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Volunteering in child welfare: It takes a community to keep kids safe

Volunteers play a significant role in the work of child welfare in Ontario. Women and men across the province donate their time, talent, and resources to assist children and youth in a variety of capacities, including driving, mentoring, tutoring, assisting with special events, and providing administrative support. […]

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