TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Association of Children's Aid
Societies (OACAS) today released the 2013 Child Welfare Report, providing recommendations to the government to help improve and
advance child welfare in Ontario. The priorities speak specifically to
the recommendations arising from the report of the Commission for
Sustainable Child Welfare, Realizing a Sustainable Child Welfare System in Ontario, and signal recommendations to help the sector move forward in the areas
of sustainability and modernization - key focus areas of the
Commission's work since its mandated work began, from November 2009 to
In 2013 the child welfare sector continues to advance service
improvement that is guided by the framework proposed by the Commission.
The commitment of Children's Aid Societies (CASs) towards modernization
and moving forward continues. However, even with the progress being
made and with strong local partnerships, the service system cannot
continue to move forward without a genuine vision and strong government
leadership. The Child Welfare Report's recommendations come directly from in-depth discussion with the child welfare field,
community partners, government officials, and families and youth
working with Children's Aid. This year the recommendations focus on
structural change, funding, service delivery, accountability,
Aboriginal services and broader service integration.
Specifically CASs call on the government to:
Invest in structural change including specialized services and shared services
Provide continued support and resources to phase in new accountability mechanisms and strengthen governance, and have sector participation in
the development of the mechanisms
Commit to review the newly introduced funding model, accelerate implementation of the full model for those agencies
identified as needing the resources and provide transitional support
and time for those expecting funding reductions to implement new
Contribute to, and recognize the new service delivery framework, including strengthening family based care, protection services at the
right time, adoption and youth supports and where needed, modify policy
Resources for the implementation of the Child Protection Information
Act immediately on longstanding recommendations to implement Aboriginal service models supported by a specific funding model and standards
Support the devolution of services process from non- Aboriginal to
Aboriginal service providers
Engage all children's services stakeholders in an active dialogue about broader service integration, developing a vision and possible paths to provide the best services for
children and families in their communities.
CASs have momentum and call for this critical commitment to move forward
towards modernization and sustainability of the child welfare system.
To read the full report in English and French, click here.
About the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies: Since 1912, OACAS has represented Ontario's Children's Aid Societies in
Ontario and provided service in the areas of government relations,
communications, information management, education and training to
advocate for the protection and well-being of children.
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
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