“Every Day Family Matters”

Campaign launched to strengthen families & support youth

This podcast provides insight into the impact of charitable giving and how an individual, organization or business can rally around a cause.  The results are in many cases life changing!

The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation recently launched a new $1.5 million, 3-year campaign focused on Children, Youth & Families, Strength for Today, Opportunities for Tomorrow.  The campaign seeks to eliminate financial and emotional stressors that will provide options for seeking a more positive and successful course for today and tomorrow.

Jaiden Berro, a former youth in care, now a Social Work graduate first joined the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society (WECAS) as a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Facilitator and Youth Advocate Spokesperson.  Jaiden has recently taken on a new role, Family Service Worker. Jaiden speaks to his journey and how the many programs of WECAF assisted him on his journey.  Sam Martin, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Fortis Group comments on what intrigues a corporate entity to consider a charitable or non-profit cause and organization.

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OACAS has received notice that the Ministry has taken steps to ensure youth over the age of 18 continue to be supported through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to promote consistency of care and continuity of service during the public health crisis.

Today the Ministry issued a new policy directive, Supporting Consistency of Care during COVID-19, and made regulatory amendments that will ensure youth in and leaving the care of Children’s Aid Societies are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The policy and regulatory amendment enable Children’s Aid Societies to continue providing services to youth in and from care, whose care arrangements are scheduled to expire during the COVID-19 pandemic period, including:

  • Youth in extended society care, interim care or customary care whose in-care status will expire on their 18th birthday
  • Youth who have entered into a Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA), whose agreement will expire on their 18th birthday

The policy directive further requires CASs to continue supports to youth who have entered into Continued Care and Supports for Youth agreements (CCSY), even those turning 21.

The regulatory amendment and policy directive are both effective March 26, 2020.

OACAS and member agencies have advocated for changes to prevent youth from losing supports during the pandemic period. Please join me in thanking our ministry colleagues for their diligence in bringing about these needed changes so quickly.