Monthly Archives: October 2017

Ipsos Reid Ranks Canadians’ Concern for Kids

Posted on October 24, 2017

 

One in Four (23%) Say Causes Related to Health & Diseases Are Most Personally Important to Them: Three Times Ahead of Children at Risk & Foster Care (IPSOS Reid, 2017)

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Health Trumps All: Canadians Three Times More Likely to State Causes Related to Health as Most Important to Them Compared to Those for At-Risk Children and Foster Care (IPSOS Reid, 2013)

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Economic & Societal Structure Issues

Posted on October 2, 2017

Children in foster care have the odds stacked against them as they transition into adulthood. Lacking the financial and moral support that most Canadian children take for granted, they struggle to cope with the challenges of adult life. As a result, children in foster care are far less likely to graduate from high school than the average Canadian and have a much greater likelihood of suffering from mental health problems. Chronic unemployment, unplanned parenthood, homelessness, and incarceration are just some of the problems they encounter, with significant social and economic costs as a result.

Child welfare agencies throughout the country work hard to ensure that the children’s basic needs are met while they are living in the care of the state. However, these agencies lack the resources necessary to help these children succeed as they “age out” of care. This briefing argues that there is both a humanitarian and a compelling economic case for action.

Success For All: Investing in the Future of Canadian Children in Care, (The Conference Board of Canada, April 2014)
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What Good Data Mean for Black Youth in Foster Care (The Globe and Mail, July 2018)

Protect Privacy of Foster Children (Toronto Star, July 2018)

Forcing Faith-Based Agencies Out of the System is a Disservice to Women (The Hill, July 2018)

Homeless Child Welfare Wards (Winnipeg Sun, July 2018)

Children Committing Serious Crimes Just to Find Something to Eat (AU News, July 2018)

Abuse, Neglect, and a System that Failed: The Tragic Lives of the Hart Children. Programs designed to protect children ushered six siblings to their deaths — and no one has been held accountable since their adoptive mother drove them off a cliff (Washington Post, July 2018)

How Toronto’s New Courthouse Could Jeopardize Fragile Youth Services (The Lawyers Daily, June 2018)

B.C. Closes Third Group Home for Children Over Staff-Behaviour Concerns (Globe and Mail, June 2018)

B.C. Child Representative Has Grave Concerns About Oversight of Group Homes (National Post, June 2018)

Separated Migrant Children in Foster Care Are Now in Limbo After Trump’s Immigration Order (TIME, June 2018)

Separations End, but Foster Care, Shelters Remain Overwhelmed (Boston Globe, June 2018)

More Separated Migrant Kids Arrive at Foster Care in Harlem (NY Post, June 2018)

Child-Welfare Experts Alarmed by Family Separation at U.S. Boarder (CTV News, June 2018)

Separating Children from Parents at the Boarder Causes Lifelong Damage (Harvard Medical School, June 2018)

I’m a Judge who Decides if Children Should be Separated from Abusive Parents. Here’s How Trump’s Immigration Policy Should Change (TIME, June 2018)

One Million Missing: Undercount of Young Kids in 2020 Census Threatens Gains (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2018)

Watch: Funding Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare with the Family First Act (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2018)

Report shows 23 deaths in Utah child welfare cases (Salt Lake Tribute, June 2018)

Number of Alberta Child Welfare Deaths Increased Last Year (Edmonton Journal, June 2018)

N.W.T. Government Faces Lawsuit Over Allegations it Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse (CBC News, June 2018)

Babies Born to Teen Mothers in Manitoba’s Child Welfare System More Likely to be Placed in Care (The Globe and Mail, May 2018)

We’re Separating Babies from Their Teenage Mothers in Care, Perpetuating a Never-ending Cycle (CBC News, May 2018)

Foster Families Badly Needed Across the Province for Children and Youth with Complex Needs (CBC News, May 2018)

May is National Foster Care Month. These Types of Things Tend to Come and go, but it Urgently Deserves Attention (National Review, May 2018)

Report Explores How Kids Leave Foster Care (The Annie E. Casey Foundation, February 2018)

Canada lags when it comes to child hunger, violence: UNICEF ranking (CBC, July 2017)

Report shines light on poverty’s role on kids in CAS system (Toronto Star, August 2016)

Jury in Jeffrey Baldwin inquest puts onus for child welfare on the community (Metro News, February, 2014)

Inquest hears 103 recommendations to prevent another case like starved, neglected Jeffrey Baldwin (National Post, February 2014)

Children In Poorest Neighborhoods Most Vulnerable To Fatal Child Abuse (Huffington Post, April 2013)

UNICEF Child Well-Being Index: Canada Ranked 17th Out Of 29 Wealthy Nations (Huffington Post, 2013)

Adoption Attitudes Survey (Dave Thomas Foundation, 2013)

Indigenous Children in Care

Posted on October 2, 2017

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (the Council) submits this Special Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee) to highlight the critical circumstances facing Aboriginal children today. The Council is a national alliance of child advocates legally appointed by the Canadian provinces and territories. The Council members’ mandates include promoting and protecting children’s human rights, including the rights of Aboriginal children. In our role as advocates for Aboriginal children, and through their voices, we have identified critical systemic challenges impacting Aboriginal children’s lives and requiring urgent attention. This awareness has led us to contribute to the Committee’s review of Canada’s 2009 report4 by submitting this Special Report. We ask the Committee to consider our report, including our recommendations directed at improving the lives of these, and all, children.

Canada is Sending a Generation of Indigenous Children to Jail (Huffington Post, July 2018)

Indigenous Youth Need to be at Home and in the Community, not in Jail (CBC News, June 2018)

Child Removal Erodes Indigenous Communities (iPolitics, June 2018)

Indigenous Activist Draws Parallels Between Residential Schools and Children Detailed at US Boarder (CBC News, June 2018)

Little difference between U.S. child detention and CFS says Indigenous advocate (CBC News, June 2018)

Jane Philpott: On Canada’s own crisis of separating kids from parents (Maclean’s, June 2018)

Nearly Half of Youth Incarcerated are Indigenous: Data Released by Statistics Canada Shows Aboriginal Youth Made up 46% of Admissions to Correctional Services, While Only
Make up 8% of the Population (Global News, June 2018)

Committee Recommends Changes for Indigenous Inmates (Law Times News, June 2018)

Changes Slowly Coming to Indigenous Child Welfare in B.C. – Part five of a series (The Tyee, May 2018)

Issues in Child Welfare – Part four of a series (The Tyee, May 2018)

Lessons from Care – Part three of a series (The Tyee, May 2018)

Government Falling Short of Indigenous Child Welfare Crisis – Part two of a series (The Tyee, May 2018)

How Canada Created a Crisis in Indigenous Child Welfare – Part one of a series (The Tyee, May 2018)

Research Project Looks at the History of Indigenous Children in Care (Winnipeg Sun, May 2018)

Indigenous Youth Need Help Now (The Spec, May 2018)

Apologies Are Fine, But Indigenous Children Need Help Now (The Star, May 2018)

Sixties Scoop Survivors Raise Objections Over $750M Class Action Settlement (The Star, May 2018)

Indigenous Children Overrepresented in Canada’s Foster Care System (Maclean’s, 2018)

Manitoba Judge Urges Changes to Care System After Indigenous Teen’s Suicide Death (Global and Mail, April 2018)

Over-representation of Indigenous and Black Children in Ontario Child Welfare (Ontario Human Rights Commission, April 2018)

Indigenous Former Foster Care Wards Advocate to Overhaul ‘Shameful’ System (Huffington Post, April 2018)

Part 1: B.C.’s Invisible Families (The Star, April 2018)

Part 2: B.C.’s Invisible Families (The Star, April 2018)

Children and Youth Advocate to Review Inuit Child Welfare in Newfoundland and Labrador (APTN News, April 2018)

Edmonton Teen’s Group-Home Suicide Came Decade After Changes Recommended (CBC News, April 2018)

How The Suicides of Seven Indigenous Girls Revealed a Community Undone (The Star, April 2018)

Tina Fontaine’s Caregiver Calls for Changes in Manitoba to Curb Runaways (The Star, April 2018)

Indigenous Children Are Crying Out For Help in Canada (The Star, April 2018)

B.C.’s New Child-Protection Law Includes Indigenous Communities as Decision Makers (Globe and Mail, April 2018)

Six First-Nations and Metis Child-Welfare Agencies Claim Manitoba Government is Withholding 20 Percent of Funding (National Post, April 2018)

Federal Government has ‘Turned a Corner’ in First Nations Child Welfare (CTV News, April 2018)

Locked up at 12 – a Métis Woman Tries to Overcome the Inequalities in Canada’s Justice System (CBC News, March 2018)

Indigenous Mother to Get Child Back After She Was Taken Away by The Provence (Global News, March 2018)

B.C. Green MLA Wants Changes to How Child Welfare System Handles Indigenous Cases (Global News, March 2018)

Maori Experts Back Manitoba to Help Grow Indigenous-led Child Welfare Practices (CBC News, March 2018)

Federal Funding for Indigenous Child Welfare Does Not Go Far Enough (Cold Lake Sun, March 2018)

Winnipeg Summit Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Child-Welfare Laws (Winnipeg Free Press, March 2018)

Investigation Into The Deaths of Children Living in Residential Care, Including Seven Indigenous Children, Has Found Potential Criminality (APTN News, March 2018)

B.C. Working on Big Changes for Indigenous Child Welfare (National Observer, February 2018)

Indigenous Mother Under ‘Birth Alert” Fears She Will Lose Second Child (CBC News, January 2018)

Aboriginal Children – Canada Must Do Better (Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates, 2011)

$3.3 Million Pledged to Help Indigenous Families Keep Kids (Winnipeg Free Press, October 2017)

Manitoba Government Announces Child Welfare System Reform (October 2017)

Manitoba government vowing to reduce number of kids in care (Global News Winnipeg, October 2017)

Manitoba Chiefs Move to Take Over Children’s Welfare Services (Net Newsledger, October 2017)

‘It’s like they never existed’: Toronto monument will honour mistreated British Home Children (CBC, October 2017)

Manitoba’s child welfare crisis to be tackled through law, funding changes (CBC News Manitoba, October 2017)

Federal government commits funds for First Nations family advocacy in Manitoba (CTV News Winnipeg, October 2017)

Now is the time for Ottawa to create a path to progress with Indigenous people (Globe & Mail, September 2017)

Open letter to Justin Trudeau: Give First Nations children an equal chance (Globe & Mail, September 2017)

Indigenous Affairs Is A Sinking Ship. Naming 2 Captains Won’t Help (Huffington Post, September 2017)

Ontario calling new childcare agreement with Treaty 3 ‘historical moment’ (CBC, September 2017)

Saskatoon Indigenous homelessness initiatives receive federal boost (CBC, September 2017)

Justice, child welfare systems ‘failing our people,’ say Yukon First Nations (CBC, September 2017)

DECOLONIAL DISCOURSE: THE STÓ:LO KIDNAPPING OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (The Runner, September 2017)

Ottawa spent $707,000 in legal fees fighting decision that protects Indigenous children (Toronto Star, June 2017)

Ottawa Continues to Fail Indigenous Children (Globe and Mail, June 2017)

The Canada Most People Don’t See (Macleans, June 2017)

Blackstock: Why does the government continue to discriminate against little kids? (Ottawa Citizen, June 2017)

What will it take for Ottawa finally to tackle Indigenous child-welfare crisis?: Editorial (Toronto Star, May 2017)

Youth in care deserve support till age 25 (Toronto Star, May 2017)

Government of Canada Still Failing First Nations Children: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issues THIRD Compliance Order on Jordan’s Principle (Canada Newswire, May 2017)

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak Plans Walk To Celebrate Indigenous Resilience In Face Of Canada’s 150th (Huffington Post, May 2017)

Indigenous children lose cultural connection in child welfare system: Ontario and federal governments acknowledge overrepresentation of Indigenous children in system (CBC, May, 2017)

First Nations teen found dead was living in group home in Thunder Bay, Ont., chief says (CBC, May 2017)

Child advocate tells government to listen to at-risk children after heart-rending teen suicide (CBC, May 2017)

‘How many children do we have to lose?’ Ontario Children’s Aid joins call for inquest into aboriginal deaths (National Post, May 2017)

Trudeau Liberals’ failure on human rights ruling played role in First Nation girls’ suicides: Tribunal (APTN, May 2017)

Mandatory inquests in child welfare deaths? Province appears to be sticking to status quo (APTN News, May 2017)

Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group home (APTN News, May 2017)

Nunavut continues to leave foster kids in Ottawa group homes without local social worker (APTN News, May 2017)

Feds want to transform child welfare in Manitoba: Community engagement sessions being held in First Nations communities (Winnipeg Free Press, March, 2017)

B.C. report finds indigenous girls in care more likely to face sex abuse (Globe & Mail, October 2016)

Discrimination Against Indigenous Kids: Cindy Blackstock (Globe & Mail, April 2016)

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015)

Permanency Beyond Foster Care (The Office of the Children’s Advocate Manitoba, 2015)

Feathers of Hope Report (Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, 2014)

Social Impact Bonds

Posted on October 2, 2017

A Social impact bond is a contract with the public sector in which a commitment is made to pay for improved social outcomes that result in public sector savings.

Building Social Bonds – Impact Investing for Ontario (Deloitte)

Impact Investing Exceeds $12 Billion in Asia (Funds Global Asia, August 2018)

Majority of Impact Investors Satisfied with Investment Performance (Benefits Canada, August 2018)

Impact Investing: Don’t Call it Charity (Barron’s, August 2018)

18 Impact Investing Trends You Haven’t Seen Before and One You Have (Forbes, July 2018)

Impact Products’ Value Quadruples Over 2.5 Years (Investment Magazine, July 2018)

Morgan Stanley: The Case for Sustainable Investing (Barron’s, July 2018)

Alibaba, Tencent, and Sustainable Investing (Barron’s, July 2018)

Development Impact Bonds are Costly, Cumbersome – and Good (The Economist, July 2018)

Beyond Social Impact Bonds (Pro Bono Australia, July 2018)

World’s First Development Impact Bond for Education Shows Successful Achievement of Outcomes in its Final Year (Brookings, July 2018)

Impact Investing Needs to Break Out of its Niche (Financial News London, July 2018)

Religious Institutions Are Becoming More Involved in Sustainable Investing (Market Mogul, July 2018)

The Social Impact Revolution is Here (Forbes, June 2018)

Annual Impact Investor Survey 2018 (Global Impact Investing Network, June 2018)

Executive summary

Impact Investing May Help With Your Operating Capital Problems (NYN Media, July 2018)

Can Impact Investing Avoid the Failures of Microfinance (Harvard Business Review, June 2018)

U.K. Government Pledges Support to Expand Impact Investing (Pensions & Investments, June 2018)

Goldman Sachs Will Jump Into the Social Impact Investing World, Using Paul Tudor Jones Jones’ Metric to Build a New Exchange-Traded Fund (Financial Post, June 2018)

Fidelity Charitable Study Finds Impact Investing at Tipping Point, Announces Expansion of Its Impact Investing Program (Business Wire, June 2018)

Wealthy Millennials Fuel Impact Investing Gains (Barron’s, June 2018)

From Affordable Housing to Money Transfers for Immigrants, a $1 Billion Impact Investor Explains How She Makes Money While Making the World a Better Place (Business Insider,
June 2018)

African Impact Investors Can Have Their Cake and Eat it Too (Disrupt, June 2018)

Impact Investors Seem Happier with Their Deal Flow (Forbes, June 2018)

Impact Investing Offers New Directions for Philanthropists (NYN Media, June 2018)

Can Booming Social Bond Market Really Turn Finance to the Good Side (Ethical Corporation, June 2018)

The Invisible Heart Trailer, a Documentary That Follows Two Social Impact Bonds in North America (YouTube, 2018)

The Invisible Heart Website, a Film That Explores all Sides of the Issue and Spans Over Three Years Following Everyone Involved in the SIBs (2018)

CBC Interview with the Director of The Invisible Heart, Nadine Pequeneza (CBC, May 2018)

CBC Radio Debate with Adam Jagelewki (advocate)and David Macdonald (critic)on Social Impact Bonds (CBC Radio, May 2018)

Social Impact Bonds: Are They Too Good To Be True? (JUA Blog, May 2018)

What Happens When Social Services Become a Private Investment Product (The Spin Off, May 2018)

Why Environmental Impact Bonds are Catching On (Governing, May 2018)

“Pay for Success” is Changing the Way Cities Confront the Homeless Problem (Governing, May 2018)

Private Investment in Social Services an ‘Opportunity’ (Leader Post, May 2018)

Social Impact Bond: Film Questions Investors Profiting From Social Services (Reuters, May 2018)

A Critical Reflection on Social Impact Bonds (Stanford Social Innovation Review, May 2018)

Documentary Tracking the Fastest Growing Social Innovation in Modern History: Social Impact Bonds (The Invisible Heart, 2018)

Investing to Make Social Impact (Today Online, April 2018)

Liberals Plan to Add Social Financing to More Federal Spending (The Star, April 2018)

Impact Bonds in Developing Countries: Early Learnings from the field (Brookings, September 2017)

The pros and cons of ethical debt instruments (United Nations Development Program, September 2017)

New Study Warns NFPs Need Strong Culture and Profits to Survive (Probono Australia, September 2017)

QLD’s Latest Social Benefit Bond Targets Reoffending (Probono Australia, September 2017

Australia’s First Social Impact Bond is Growing Stronger By The Year: Australia’s First Social Impact Bond is Growing Stronger By The Year: Australia’s first social impact bond, the Uniting Newpin Social Benefit Bond (SBB), has recorded positive growth for the fourth year in a row, with more than 200 children returned to family care, while 55 families were prevented from having their children enter the out-of-home care system. (Probono Australia, September 2017)

Good Money Microfinance Celebrates Five Years of Three-Way Partnership (Probono Australia, September 2017)

ICRC launches world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond (Devex, September 2017)

Pushing the Role of Government in Growing Impact Investment (Probono Australia, August 2017)

How Ottawa’s Budget 2018 can reduce poverty and homelessness (Globe & Mail, August 2017) – mentions SIBs as new program design that could be tested

Youth charity’s impactful work with care leavers gets a £45,000 boost (Cubria, August 2017)

Why You Should Start Considering Socially Responsible Investing (Crowdfund Insider, August 2017)

Social investment market grows to almost £2bn (Civil Society UK)

Peterborough social impact bond investors repaid in full (Civil Society UK, July 2017)

Japan’s ‘social impact bond’ gets first batch of investors (New York Daily News, July 2017)

Social impact bonds aim to fill government-spending gaps in Israel (Impact Alpha, July 2017)

Building the Australian social benefit bond market (Investment Magazine, July 2017)

Impact investment to close the SDG funding gap (United Nations Development Program, July 2017)