Thursday, February 11, 2010

OACAS Special Edition - Invites Community to Get involved with CAS

This from the OACAS says they want people to get involved with their CAS but when they try to get memberships they are denied, or other actions such as deleting stories and blocking people who attempt to advocate for changes. When people started expressing their stories exposing problems with the system, the OACAS removed the ability of people to post to the Facebook Group and quickly removed the link to the Facebook group from their Useyourvoice website.

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OACAS - The Voice
Special Edition 2010

In This Issue

The Voice is OACAS electronic newsletter about initiatives and advancements in child welfare. This special edition focuses on asking Ontarians to get involved with their local Children s Aid Society.

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"I Am Your Children's Aid"

The I Am Your Children s Aid campaign was launched in January to educate the public about the role of Children s Aid Societies in their communities and encourage everyone to get involved with their local agency. It brings to life stories of the young men and women who have been in care and the foster/adoptive parents and caseworkers who support them.

You can get involved with your local Children s Aid Society to help protect and care, adopt or foster, volunteer, donate or support the mandate of the Children s Aid Society in your community. You can also share your stories about how Children s Aid Societies touched your life. Follow our_children on Twitter, join the Your Children s Aid Facebook fan page, or subscribe to view video stories on the YourChildrensAid YouTube channel.

Click here to learn more about getting involved.

While everyone has a moral duty to look after the well-being of children, Ontario's Children s Aid Societies have the very important legal responsibility to keep children safe throughout the province. Children s Aid Societies protect children from abuse and neglect and rely on the public to be watchdogs for children, to be eyes and ears for them, to call their Children s Aid Society when a child needs protection or a family needs support. Click here to learn more about what you can do to help.

Maggie, a youth in care, shared her story in an article published in the Orleans Star. Her story is about being in care and everyone s responsibility to protect children. Maggie s story illustrates the need to educate Ontarians about Children s Aid Societies. Click here to read Maggie's story.
Foster Care

More families who can provide safe, temporary care to vulnerable children are needed so that every child can have the opportunity to grow up in a loving family home. Foster parents play an important role in the community, as they provide stability and a caring home to encourage a child's growth and development. Children who come into the care of Children's Aid Societies may need foster care for just a few days, a week, several months or possibly years. Click here to learn how to become a foster parent.

Watch Linda s story. Linda is Your Children s Aid.

Children need to have roots. To experience healthy development and create a sense of self-worth, children need to feel a sense of belonging, with a permanent family who cares for them. Children s Aid Societies help children to make successful transitions into their adoptive families. Children range in age from infants to teens and come from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Although children in care are very diverse, they all have one thing in common a need for a safe and loving home for a lifetime. Click here to learn how you can adopt a child or youth.

Listen to Candy s story. Candy is Your Children s Aid.

Volunteers are community members, parents, teachers and retirees who choose to share their lives with vulnerable children and youth. Volunteers make a significant difference to the lives of Ontario s children. Their valuable contributions enable agencies to provide enriched services to children, youth and their families. By sharing their time and talents, volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with their community, develop skills and learn more about their Children s Aid Society.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Children s Aid Societies have the legal responsibility to keep children safe throughout the province and provide mandated services to protect and care for children. In addition to protection services, Children s Aid Societies provide opportunities for children in care to grow, develop and reach their full potential. Enrichment and education programs for children and youth are made possible through generous donations from corporations, organizations and individuals. You can donate on-line to help youth in care.

Click here to become a donor.
Save the Dates for upcoming OACAS events!

The symposium Critical Connections: Where Woman Abuse and Child Safety Intersect will be held March 8 10, 2010. Registration is NOW open! The early registration special rate is $175. Click here to register.

The symposium will promote increased awareness of the impact of woman abuse as it relates to the safety and well-being of children and families. It will feature internationally recognized keynote speakers, highlight collaborative programs in Ontario, and launch an ideas and practice guide for service providers. Click here for more information or to register now.

The 2010 conference, Putting Children First: Making a Difference , will be held June 6 9, 2010. Registration is scheduled to open mid-March, 2010.

Featuring world-renowned speakers, plenary sessions and workshops, this is the biggest event in Canada for experts in child welfare, professionals working with children and resource families. Experts will present their work, research and programs related to foster care, balancing risks and strengths in child welfare, child neglect and child sexual exploitation. Click here for more information.

Events will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto.
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