Transforming Ontario's Child Welfare System

Published on July 29, 2020

The government announced a plan to transform Ontario’s child welfare system. The new strategy will focus on strengthening families and communities through prevention, early intervention and seeking more permanent homes for children and youth in care when they cannot stay in their own homes or communities.

This strategy is built on five pillars that focus on community-based prevention services to enhance family well-being; improving the quality of residential care; increasing youth supports; developing stable lifelong connections for children and youth; and, improving accountability and sustainability.

The safety, well-being and success of children and youth in care is of utmost importance to the government. 

The current child welfare system is leaving vulnerable children and their families without the support they need to succeed and thrive.  For example, less than 50% of children in care graduate high school.

Understanding that children and youth who maintain connections to mothers, fathers, family, community, faith or culture have better outcomes, the government wants every child and youth to have a safe, loving and stable home.

The government is redesigning the child welfare system to focus on strengthening families and communities through prevention services that are high-quality, culturally appropriate and truly responsive to the needs of children, youth and families.

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