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Child Welfare Systems Navigator

Supporting You Every Step of the Way

There is an overrepresentation of Black families within the child welfare system.  No one should have to face and navigate a system as complex and far-reaching as child welfare alone. 

The Parents of Black Children Child Welfare System Navigator will support families to help eliminate barriers Black families face by acting as a neutral third party, who can express the unique needs and challenges faced by African Canadian families engaged with the child welfare system.

We will stand beside you, no matter what issue you are having. It is simple as filling out our confidential contact form to connect with our Systems Navigator.

Knowledge is POWER!

All of the institutions that Black people come into contact with, like the education system, police, justice, healthcare and the child welfare have policies and practices in place that do not always work well for people of African Canadian descent.

These policies and practices were created a long time ago, within a historical context of white supremacy, colonialism, and anti-Black racism, all of which have been woven into the fabric of the systems that we use today. The success of African Canadian families despite this context, is a testament to the resilience of communities and cultures of people of African descent.

If you are a person of African descent in contact with a Children’s Aid Society or are supporting a family of African descent caught up in Ontario`s child welfare sector, this booklet will offer support and guidance about how to navigate and interact with the system.

Topics Covered Inside the Guide

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Important Terms Used in the Child Welfare System

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What You Need to Know About Children's Aid Societies

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Black Families and Children's Aid Societies

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What You Need to Know About Black Families and the Schools

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Recommended Guidelines for Leaving Your Child Alone

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What is the Process of a Family that is Referred to a Children’s Aid Society?

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Critical Information for Black Families

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What to do if CAS Takes Your Child Away from You

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The Different Types of Placements for Children in Care

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What should you do if a Children’s Aid Society contacts you?

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What are Your Responsibilities as a Parents/Guardian/Caregiver

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