Who We Are

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For over 100 years, OACAS has been enhancing and promoting the welfare and well-being of children, youth and families in Ontario. OACAS works to create a highly effective system of services for children which has the confidence of Ontario families and communities.

There are 51 mandated Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario. OACAS is an association representing 50 member organizations. Of these, 48 are mandated CASs and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies and two are pre-mandated Indigenous agencies.

On behalf of our membership, OACAS provides advocacy and government relations, public education, training, information and knowledge management, and communications. OACAS is governed by a voluntary board of directors which works with the member agencies, communities and government to bring positive change to child welfare services.