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Myth: The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa takes children away from their families.

The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa works first and foremost to keep families together. In more than 90% of cases in which CASO became involved, work was done within the family while the child remained at home.

CASO investigates referrals from professionals and concerned community members about a child or youth’s well-being. Struggles related to chronic challenges such as mental health issues, addiction, domestic violence, or extreme financial stress are often the cause of CASO’s involvement with families. The goal is to increase caregiver capacity to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth.CASO works closely with community partners to deliver services that support and strengthen the family. As a last resort, CASO will remove children from their home while their caregivers receive the proper supports. CASO increasingly recognizes the importance of keeping children within their extended families, communities, and culture.

Caregiver Capacity can be questioned when a caregiver demonstrates, or has demonstrated in the past, characteristics that indicate the child would be at risk of harm without intervention. These characteristics can include a history of abusing/neglecting a child, being unable to protect a child from harm, problems such as drug or alcohol use, mental-health issues, or limited caregiving skills.

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