Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians – Project Update

three siblingsOne Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians is a project of the African Canadian community, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Servicess through OACAS.

Phase 1, the research phase of the project, is well underway. The consultation sessions will hear from African Canadian parents and youth formerly involved with Children’s Aid, foster and kin parents, service providers, advocates, educators, social workers, and anyone else who has had experience with CAS and cares about how Ontario’s child welfare system affects African Canadians.

Province-wide consultation sessions are planned, with stops in Toronto, the regions of Peel, York, and Durham, as well as the cities of Windsor, Hamilton, London, and Ottawa from September through November. In Toronto, additional consultation sessions will focus on the experiences of African Canadian LGBTQ parents and youth, and another will focus specifically on the experiences of African Canadian youth who have been involved with child welfare. Those interested in participating in a consultation session can register on the project web page.

A summary of the consultations will be included in a Research Report that will be shared with the field and the public in January 2016. The research will serve as the foundation for the Practice Framework, which will be available in spring 2016.

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