Children's aid societies

Protecting our children and youth

In Ontario, child protection services are:

About Ontario's children aid societies

Children's aid societies:

You can find a list of the children's aid societies on the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies website.

Role of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

The ministry:

Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare - Reports

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare was established in July 2009 to work with Children’s Aid Societies to improve the child welfare system. Over its three-year mandate, the Commission submitted reports to the government that were made available to the public at the time of their release through the Commission's own website.

The Commission’s own website is no longer operational however you can request these reports through the ministry from:

Dawn Williams
Executive Assistant, Child Welfare Secretariat

Reports available:

Youth Leaving Care Hearings & Report

Youth currently and formerly in the care of children’s aid societies worked with the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth to organize two days of public hearings in November 2011. The hearings focused on the youth’s experiences and how they can be better supported to succeed. Professionals, parents and friends also added their voices. On May 14, 2012, the Youth Team released its final report, My Real Life Book — Report from the Youth Leaving Care Hearings, and recommendations.


The Minister of Children and Youth Services established the Youth Leaving Care Working Group to act on the recommendations of “My REAL Life Book”. This Working Group provided its report "Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System." to the Minister on January 22, 2013.

Review of Motherisk hair strand testing

The government has received the Honourable Susan Lang’s final report on the adequacy and reliability of the hair strand testing method used by Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory for child protection cases between 2005 and 2015. The report recommends that an independent commissioner be appointed to assist individuals who may have been affected by Motherisk’s flawed hair testing methodology.

Anyone who believes that their case may have been impacted by a Motherisk test and has been involved with an Ontario Children’s Aid Society can call 1-855-235-8932 to register their name, which will be provided to the independent commissioner. Through this number, we are also providing short-term counselling services to provide immediate support for potentially affected individuals, as required.

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