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Children and Youth in Care Day

05/01/14

On May 14th, 2014, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) will be celebrating Children and Youth in Care Day.

On March 25th 2014, Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, granted royal assent to Bill 53, An Act to Proclaim Children and Youth in Care Day. This day brings attention to the enormous contributions that children and youth in and leaving care make to the province, as well as the strength, bravery and resilience they demonstrate in the face of adversity. This is our opportunity provincially to raise awareness about children and youth in care and to recommit to supporting them and helping them reach their full potential.

The declaration of Children & Youth in Care Day stems from a recommendation made by the Youth Leaving Care Hearings Report, My REAL Life Book. Through awareness, our goal is to reduce the stigma of being in care. Children and youth will now have a day they can call their own, a day to be proud of and a day to feel united across Ontario.