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October is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Go Purple on Wednesday, October 19

On October 3, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario will launch Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. You can buy a provincial CAPM t-shirt. The goal of the campaign is to […]

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Your Story, Your Success: Ending the stigma for youth in care

“It’s up to you to decide what you want your life to be; we’re here to support your success.” Those were the words that greeted the 200-plus attendees at this year’s YouthCAN conference, the 10th annual conference for youth in care in Ontario. Henry Morales, a program […]

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Taking Indigenous Kids Home: Photo highlights from this summer’s OACAS Youth in Care Gathering

This summer, Indigenous youth in care from across the province traveled to Bark Lake Leadership Centre near Irondale, Ontario for three days of cultural workshops and activities focused on building community. Watch some the highlights of this dynamic gathering. “This Gathering is a great way for Indigenous youth […]

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“Ati kapi ci wepik/We will never let this happen again”: Sixties Scoop landmark trial begins

On August 23, after years of delays, the Ontario Superior Court began hearing a class action lawsuit launched on behalf of survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The “Scoop” refers to the thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children across Canada who were removed from their homes […]

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OACAS Statement on Motherisk and the Finalization of Adoptions

Independent review report cover

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across Ontario have been actively engaged in addressing the issues raised by the Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review, which was released on December 17, 2015. The independent review, headed by Justice Susan Lang, concluded […]

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Sixties Scoop trial begins August 23 with rally

  In 2009, two Sixties Scoop survivors launched a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada on behalf of the estimated 16,000 survivors from Ontario. On August 23, the Ontario Superior Court will begin hearing their case. Between 1965 and 1985, thousands of First Nations, Metis, and […]

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How Children’s Aid uses a simple circle to help resolve parent–child conflicts

Penny Anderson, a Family Support Worker at Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, describes how Circle of Security makes lasting improvements in parent–child relationships. The primary goal of Children’s Aid is to keep struggling families together more safely. How does Circle of Security support […]

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Going Places: Meet 10 former youth in care who are Clark Bursary recipients

For the past 27 years, OACAS and YouthCAN have hosted a glamorous evening where former youth in care each receive a Clark Bursary, a highly coveted award that provides funding of $3,500 a year for up to 4 years towards their postsecondary education. The bursaries are the […]

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Adopted youth now eligible for aftercare benefits

OACAS is pleased to announce that adopted youth are now eligible for the Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI). The ABI program, which provides health, dental, counselling, and life skills support services to former youth in care aged 21 to 25, was launched 2 years ago. Last year, the […]

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Human trafficking represents a growing form of child abuse in Ontario

Nancy French of York Region Children’s Aid Society discusses how pimps lure youth in care into the sex trade with promises of a better life and what child welfare and the police are doing to stop it. How did you first learn that human trafficking is an […]

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