OACAS provides services on behalf and to its member Children’s Aid Societies and associate member pre-mandated Aboriginal agencies. These services and supports include:
Child Welfare Service Excellence (Service Delivery, Education, Training) – OACAS promotes knowledge regarding best practices, showcasing research/evaluation and delivering education/training regarding the full spectrum of child welfare practices, providing change management leadership and supporting the incubation of innovation concerning child welfare service. Additionally, it is a clearing house of information regarding emerging trends, child welfare best practices, service tools, child welfare education, regulations/legislation, and facilitating knowledge inquiries.
Child Welfare Operations Excellence (Operational Practice) – OACAS provides leadership and support to members and the broader children’s services system to promote excellence in operational practice. Projects and programs focus on improving sector and agency capacity in non-service delivery areas, including: Board governance; Data, information, and knowledge; quality improvement and performance; and labour relations.
Government and Stakeholder Relations – OACAS develops and maintains constructive partnerships in support of the work of child welfare. Provincially, OACAS works with government on the development and response to legislation, standards, policy, regulations, contentious issues and review mechanisms. OACAS represents member societies’ interests in public forums which may affect our members and clients. OACAS proactively makes presentations to the legislature on a non-partisan basis through standing committees/house debates and meetings with party caucuses.
Communications and Public Engagement – OACAS consolidates key child welfare information and ensures that it is received in the right form at the right time by the right audiences in order to advance key priorities in delivering excellent child welfare in Ontario with the goal of enhancing public confidence. OACAS aims to advance Ontario’s child welfare knowledge and help foster the importance of everyone playing a role in the safety and well-being of our children and youth.
First Nation, Métis and Inuit Services – OACAS works to enhance the lives of Aboriginal children involved in the child welfare system in Ontario. This is achieved through identifying and uniting key stakeholders to help inform child welfare policy and legislation that makes sense for Aboriginal children and families. This will inform best practice approaches for agencies working with Aboriginal children and families, to ensure greater knowledge, understanding, and awareness of the unique history and culture of Aboriginal children and families.