You are not Alone
As a small grassroots organization, Parents of Black Children (PoBC) believes that no one should have to face and navigate a system as complex and far-reaching as child welfare alone. In order to serve the Black community effectively and efficiently PoBC will be shifting the way we support navigating the child welfare system.
PoBC will continue to support families in the background, by fighting for systemic change.
Child Welfare Resources
Child welfare can be a complex and challenging system to navigate, especially for Black parents who may face systemic biases and discrimination. It is essential for Black parents to have access to resources and support to ensure the best outcomes for their children.
Across Ontario, there is a range of child welfare resources specifically tailored to the unique needs of Black families. Please note that these resources are not affiliated with Parents of Black Children.
A program that was originally created to be led by the African Canadian community, this is no longer the case. Despite this change, the resources previously put together to help navigate the child welfare system is still accessible.
Offers resources and support for Black youth and families, including those involved in the child welfare system.
Offers mentorship and networking opportunities for Black professionals and entrepreneurs, including those working in child welfare and related fields.
Black Canadian health and community service providers who provide services to Black Canadian families in need of support.
Knowledge is POWER!
All of the institutions that Black people come into contact with, like the education system, police, justice, healthcare and 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 or are supporting a family of African descent and in contact with the Children’s Aid Society/Child Welfare System, this booklet will offer support and guidance about how to navigate and interact with the system.