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The secret is shame: Why some white child welfare workers really don’t want to address race

“What’s even worse than our white guilt is our shame” is the feedback I heard from white child welfare workers after I published my article “White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers.” As child welfare workers, making mistakes in our practice can

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OACAS Media Statement

This week there have been several reports in the media regarding statements made by a lawyer who formerly represented Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services. The statements made in an affidavit suggested that a former youth-in-care should be considered “sexually mature” and not a child at

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New Leadership at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) is pleased to announce Nicole Bonnie has started in her role as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Bonnie is the first Black CEO in the history of OACAS and in the field of Ontario child welfare and brings with her

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A conversation with Jocelyne Raymond, Recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Dave Thomas Foundation, through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program, provides grants to adoption agencies and Children’s Aid Societies to hire and train recruiters to find permanent homes for those children and youth in Canada’s foster care system. Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Jocelyne Raymond. I

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Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare: Recognizing Collective Resistance of the African Canadian Community

Trauma informed practice has become popular within the social services and has recently entered Ontario child welfare. At One Vision One Voice (OVOV), we think trauma informed practice can be helpful in moving us away from a pathologizing, over- medicalizing and blaming lens upon people’s behavior; by asking

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All In! Symposium, gives Ontario Black child welfare staff the first opportunity to gather collectively to discuss their unique experiences.

 Feelings of isolation, feeling silenced, having qualifications constantly questioned, passed over for promotions, anti-Black statements in the workplace and in the community are just some of the themes that emerged from Black staff attending “All In!”. The two-day symposium was the first opportunity for Black staff

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White Guilt: How to move into responsibility for white child welfare workers

In reading current social work literature, it is clear that the Ontario child welfare system is recognized as systemically racist. There is a lot of discussion regarding the system’s gross over-representation of Indigenous and African Canadian people. The literature also points to the reality that it is white people

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