Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

  • ONLAC Trainer

    Job Locations CA-ON-Toronto
    Posted Date 3 years ago(9/9/2016 10:50 AM)
  • Overview

    The Ontario Looking After Children (OnLAC) training program has been designed to familiarize CAS staff, residential caregiver staff and resource parents in the theory, principles and values which inform the child-centred approach to child welfare practice. The aim of the program is to promote resilience while using a developmental-focused approach in order to improve outcomes for children in care. The program explores the life conditions and experiences that contribute to positive outcomes for youth, and highlights the ways in which the data from Assessment and Access Records (AARs) can be used to improve outcomes for children in care.


    OACAS is seeking energetic, passionate and resource family-focused trainers to facilitate the Ontario Looking After Children (OnLAC) curriculum. Successful candidates will be requested to train on as as-needed basis, and therefore may continue their current employment. Please note, training requests are occasional and may be infrequent.


    Training involves teaching new skills through such means as short lectures, observation, practice, and group activities, as well as the application of adult learning principles, online technology and/or virtual training.



    1. A minimum of three (3) years of direct experience caring for children as a Resource Parent (Foster, Adoptive, Customary Care and Kinship) is strongly recommended.
    2. Subject matter expertise on current research, legislation, policy and practice.
    3. High level of comfort using the necessary training delivery technology and media, such as projectors, computers, etc.
    4. Strong knowledge base in, and ability to apply, adult learning principles.
    5. Ability to create and consistently maintain a comfortable, learner-centred training environment. 
    6. Proficient and effective at keeping the learners focused, on task and within established time frames while remaining responsive to group needs and concerns.
    7. Strong understanding how the candidate’s own cultural background can impact communication style, values, attitudes and beliefs; ability to recognize ways in which an ethnocentric perspective may affect the ability to train and relate to participants from different cultural groups.
    8. High comfort with, and ability to effectively demonstrate, a variety of training activities – including, but not limited to lecture, small group work, large group discussion and experiential exercises.
    9. Superior ability to effectively manage candidate’s own verbal/nonverbal communications to minimize any distractions and maximize training delivery impact.
    10. Ability to deliver training without reading directly from a script.


    For Agency-Based and Sessional Trainers 

    It is strongly recommended that candidates have at least five (5) years of child welfare and/or management experience directly related to the course(s) chosen to facilitate.


    For Agency-Based and Private Resource Parent Trainers

    It is strongly recommended that candidates have at least three (3) years of direct experience caring for children as a Resource Parent (Foster, Adoptive, Customary Care and Kinship). 








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