This guide provides information, links, and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and child welfare.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly changing situation, with new information constantly emerging.
The information, links, and resources contained here should not be considered a substitute to local public health guidance and information. For the latest information from the Ontario Ministry of Health, visit this page.
For additional resources for the Ontario child welfare sector, please visit the OACAS COVID-19 information page on myOACAS (member site accessible only to Ontario child welfare agency staff).
Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario ARE continuing their child protection services. They are NOT closed. Although agencies across the province have modified their business practices to respond to health and safety concerns, their core protection services continue. If any member of the public or professional have a concern about the safety and/or well-being of a child or youth under 18, they should immediately contact their local Children’s Aid Societies or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency.
A list of local contact information for these agencies are available here: https://www.oacas.org/childrens-aid-child-protection/locate-a-childrens-aid-society/
This guide is intended as a supplementary resource for staff at Children's Aid Societies and Indigenous Well-being Agencies. It is not intended as an authority on social work, public health, or legal practice, nor is it meant to be representative of all perspectives in child welfare. Staff are encouraged to think critically when reviewing publications and other materials, and to always confirm practice and policy at their agency.