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Child Welfare Sector Response to Auditor General Report 2015

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its members welcome the 2015 report of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. The safety and protection of children is the first priority of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). As noted by the Auditor General, child […]

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Children exposed to domestic violence represent almost 50% of substantiated investigations by Ontario Children’s Aid Societies

Executive Director Alison Scott

Executive Director Karen Spencer talks about the problem of family violence and how Family & Children Services of the Waterloo Region is addressing the issue. Ontario’s leading academic study on child abuse and neglect* shows that almost half of substantiated investigations in the province involve children being […]

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Children’s Aid Societies visit the Ontario Legislature to advocate on key issues facing the sector

ANCFSAO and OACAS

On November 24, representatives from Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across the province met at the Ontario Legislature for the child welfare sector’s annual MPP Briefing Day. For the first time, this event was co-hosted by the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO) […]

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Recognizing the Rights of the Child

In recognition of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), November 20 is observed annually in Canada as National Child Day and worldwide as Universal Children’s Day. “Today is a day […]

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The Cross-Over Youth Project: Keeping Youth in Care Out of the Criminal Justice System

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Ryerson University has launched the Cross-Over Youth Project, a federally and provincially funded partnership to help prevent youth in care from “crossing over” into the youth justice system. The Cross-Over Youth Project is a partnership between Ryerson University and the Ontario Court of Justice, and has received […]

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OACAS News Release: OACAS and Children’s Aid Societies Launch Adoption Awareness Month — “There are many paths to lifelong connections”

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TORONTO — During November the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) across Ontario will be promoting Adoption Awareness Month to educate the public about the importance of lifelong connections for children and youth in care. “Every child and youth needs and […]

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New Ontario government funding will increase permanency options for children and youth in care

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The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced new funding from the Ontario government that will support the efforts of Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) to provide greater permanency options for children and youth who are Crown wards. The MCYS promises include: Funding for up to 15 […]

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The youth perspective on building a better child welfare system for African Canadians

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African Canadian youth have the chance to share their ideas about how to improve the child welfare system as part of the final stage of a series of community consultations for the ground-breaking project ONE VISION ONE VOICE: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians. ONE […]

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Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services on the path to becoming a mandated child protection agency

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services (DBCFS) is on its way to becoming a full-service child protection agency with the signing of the Protocol Concerning the Delivery of Child and Family Services. As the umbrella agency serving seven First Nation communities in the central-eastern Ontario area covering […]

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The Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect is the longest-running study to look at child abuse in our province

Maria Harlick, Planning and Strategy Lead at OACAS, discusses its latest findings.

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