ABOUT

Founded by William Wilson and Bob Sherwood in 2003 as the Foster Care Operators Association of Ontario (FCOAO), the Ontario Residential Care Association (ORCA) is a key advocate for children, youth and clients in foster and group care settings. Members of ORCA are provided a collective voice to respectfully discuss initiatives and our thoughts with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Our Directors meet regularly with the MCYS, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS).

Over the years we have been a leader in protecting the sustainability of private operators in these sectors. Our major accomplishments have included:

 

  • Safeguarding private financial information of foster care operators;

  • Representing private operators in the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare;

  • Preventing sales tax back payments when the Harmonized Sales Tax was introduced;

  • Multi-day workshops for stakeholders in the child welfare sector

 

In 2009, our members decided to change our name from FCOAO to ORCA in order to better reflect our representation of both group and foster care operators.

Going forward we are working to build on our relationships with our members, partners and Ministries to provide the best services possible in the most cost effective manner.

Directors
David MacDonald

President 

David is also a Director of Avon Children's Services. Southwestern Ontario is the region which David represents for ORCA.

President 

David is also a Director of Avon Children's Services. Southwestern Ontario is the region which David represents for ORCA.

Ashley McCurley

Vice President 

Ashley is the Manager of Foster Care at Milestone Foster Homes located in Burlington. She has worked in child welfare since 1998 and currently represents Central Region for ORCA.

Andrea Smith

Treasurer

 

Andrea has been involved in child welfare for over four decades. Her group home has served at-risk girls from all over Southern Ontario. Her approach is lead by compassion.

Len Goddard

Past Vice President 

Len is the Director at Sonshine Families. Sonshine Families is licensed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to provide residential care to children and adults of all ages in both Foster Homes and Group Homes. Len operates in the Ottawa region for ORCA.  

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