Impoverished: Report shines light on poverty’s role on kids in CAS system

Impoverished: Report shines light on poverty’s role on kids in CAS system
Posted on October 15, 2017 | Derek Flegg | Written on October 15, 2017
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Neglect is one of the most common child protection concerns in Ontario: Q & A with OACAS’ CEO.

How does child welfare help children who have been neglected?

One of the biggest challenges for a child welfare social worker is determining what is at the root of the neglect.

 

Is the high cost of clean water and hydro putting your family at risk of CAS involvement?

The effect of provincial policies on struggling families was especially apparent in the late 1990s, when the Conservative government slashed welfare payments and social service funding while at the same time, it introduced in child protection the notion of maltreatment by “omission,” including not having enough food in the home and this after giving the society what amounted to an unlimited funding scheme. The number of children taken into care spiked as did their funding. 

“The ministry has been pretty clear with us that advocacy is not part of our mandate,” Goodman said speaking for the society. “It’s not like they’re asking for the (poverty) data. They’re not.” Goodman then when on to suggest the silence suited the government more than the silence suited the society's funding goals.

How is that not in some way nothing more than child exploitation?

FUNDING SHORTFALL OR MISAPPROPRIATED FUNDING ?

Either way, it was bad news for underprivileged Canadians in Ontario who are at the highest risk of unwarranted intervention by scheming child poaching CAS funding predators..

March 14, 2013

In leaked memo, Peel CAS staff asked to keep cases open to retain funding due to a $67 million dollar province wide funding shortfall . The memo was signed by seven senior managers, using their first names only. One had her full name listed. Hmmm, I wonder who could be evil enough to sign her full name???

March 15, 2013

Province in talks with Peel Children’s Aid Society over strategies to defraud the tax payers in leaked memo and Ontario's Liberal government agrees to pay for CAS advertising campaign to help the society meet their funding goals... Report any suspicion equals any excuse will do. 

Though the CAS claimed the purpose of the memo wasn't to inflate numbers, between 2011 and 2013 the 46 (at the time) separate societies investigated a combined total of 42 000 families or about 14 000 investigations per year, in 2014 - after the Peel Memo Leak - and launching a new government funded advertising campaign and reopening 20 000 previously closed files the societies investigated a combined total of over 82 000 families to meet their funding goals in that one year as reported by the Toronto Star.

Mary Ballantyne, CEO of OACAS said there was more context going into the decision making process than met the eye.. 

SO, WHAT HAPPENS THE NEXT TIME THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY COMES UP SHORT?

"No one should be surprised that agencies like CAS are taking extreme steps to ensure they meet their funding goals" said Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, Chair of the CUPE Ontario Social Services sector.

Conservative children’s services critic Jane McKenna said the memo’s optics are “terrible” and “reflect poorly on not just the CAS but also Wynne and the Liberal government, which bears ultimate responsibility for child welfare in Ontario.” She then went on to say, “These are desperate people doing desperate things.”  

A Historical Overview Of Ontario's Children's Aid Society (From Mainstream Media)

Systemic Neglect By Omission

And watch this short video.

Here are the Top 3 Families United Ontario Videos.

JUST BECAUSE WE NEED A CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM DOESN'T MEAN WE NEED THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY.

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Advocates for family preservation against unwarranted intervention by government funded non profit agencies.

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