The Journal

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Journal is a major source of information for Ontario’s children’s services professionals. Published twice a year, the OACAS Journal features articles and news on child welfare research and practice in Ontario, highlighting projects and initiatives to improve the well-being of children, youth and families.

Current Issue


Circulation and readership

The Journal is distributed in print and electronically to a diverse readership of over 3,500 subscribers, including:

  • Child welfare administrators, practitioners and researchers
  • University libraries
  • Social workers and administrators in other disciplines
  • Politicians and public servants in the Ontario Government
  • Community partners
  • Media

Special Note regarding Journal Subscriptions and Article Submissions

November 2016: As the Ontario child welfare sector continues to undergo significant change, OACAS has decided it’s an ideal time to re-evaluate the purpose, content, and format of the Journal for future volumes. To do this effectively, production of the Journal will go on a short hiatus. We will not be seeking submissions during this period, and will notify the field and all subscribers when we plan to relaunch the Journal.

When the Journal is relaunched, subscriptions and article submissions will reopen.

Article Submissions
OACAS welcomes articles in English and French from researchers and professionals on the subject of child welfare research and practice, highlighting projects and initiatives to improve the well-being of children, youth and families.

Topics of interest include Indigenous child welfare, child neglect, woman abuse and adult mental health.

Guidelines for Article Submission - click here

Editorial Board
All articles submitted to the OACAS Journal are evaluated through a blind review process by an Editorial Board.

Members of the Editorial Board assess submissions based on a review matrix to ensure they fit within the submission guidelines. All submitters will be informed of the decision to include the submission, request changes be made or decline the submission by the Editorial Board Coordinator.

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