OACAS Lobby Reports
September 30, 2014
The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) is a lobbying
organization and as such is subject the the laws regulating lobbying. FOI
researcher Chris Carter has obtained twelve pages of reports on the OACAS (pdf). There is a seven
page report prepared by the OACAS itself and a five page report from the
Office of the Integrity Commissioner.
Here are the OACAS plans for its $8,719,817 of government funding for the
current year (2014):
- Will monitor legislative agenda for relevant proposals related to child welfare.
- Will participate in five-year review of Child and Family Services Act.
- Bill 88, Child and Family Services Amendment Act (Children 16 Years of Age and Older), 2013
- Bill 42, Ombudsman Amendment Act (Children's Aid Society), 2013 which would extend Ombudsman oversight to CASs.
- Bill 53, Children and Youth in Care Day Act, 2013 which would establish May 14 as Children and Youth in Care Day.
- Regulatory exemption tor child protection professionals with respect to Psychotherapy Act
- Educational supports for children and youth,
- financial and emotional supports for youth,
- Continued Care and Supports tor Youth(CCSY),
- child protection standards,
- adoption supports,
- Child welfare agenda,
- Work of the Commission on Sustainable Child Welfare and various initiatives which may result from their recommendations to government including:
- amalgamation of Children's Aid Societies (CAS),
- administrative streamlining,
- funding model for CASs,
- accountability relationship between CAS Boards and government,
- performance tracking and reporting,
- shared services models,
- changes to foster care and general CAS mandate.
- Family Law administration rules;
- Aboriginal child welfare and Customary Care,
- regulation of psychotherapists and impact on child welfare workers,
- program development related to educational opportunities for crown wards,
- shared services for CASs.
- Funding for training of front-line child protection workers and supervisors.
- Funds for tracking child outcomes.
- Subsidies for youth to attend conference for youth in state care.
- Liaison role related to new Child Protection Information Network (CPIN).
- Funds to support regional adoption events to be hosted by local CASs.
- Adoption Resource Exchange events,
- YouthCAN conference grant,
- Accountability and Data Tracking,
- Education Services for CAS workers and supervisors.
- Start-up funds for shared services (in approval phase).