The Syrian Refugee Response Project ran from January 2016 to March 2019. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) designated Peel CAS as the lead child welfare agency to assist in supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugees. As an agency that provides knowledge, guidance, and services to CASs regarding immigration and settlement issues facing children and youth in the child welfare system, Peel CAS also provided assistance to support Syrian refugee families that have come to Ontario. A dedicated Syrian refugee support worker provided early intervention and support to Syrian newcomers and helps families understand more about CAS and how we can help.
This succesful project was a key evolutionary step in the establishment of the Child Welfare Immigration Centre of Excellence in 2018. Elements of the Syrian Refugee Response Project have been incorporated into our CWICE service model.