There are about 16 000 kids in group homes all over Ontario and they are not doing well...

There are about 16 000 kids in group homes all over Ontario and they are not doing well...
Posted on February 16, 2019 | Derek Flegg | Written on February 16, 2019
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“We need to do more to make sure that children are safe and cared for. If a child dies, someone is responsible,” Children, Community and Social Services minister Lisa MacLeod added.
 
WASN'T THAT THE POINT OF GIVING THE CAS TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST FEW DECADES INSTEAD OF HELPING FAMILIES DIRECTLY FOR CONSIDERABLY LESS?

Coroner’s panel calls for overhaul of Ontario child protection system

“From the CASs to group homes to my ministry, we all bear some (?) responsibility,” MacLeod said, referring to Ontario’s 49 children’s aid societies. “And I want to assure the house that, as the new minister, the buck stops with me and I will take action before I'm held accountable.”
 
Between 2014\15 the Ontario children's aid society claim to have spent $467.9 million dollars providing protective services that doesn't seem to extent to the 90 to 120 children that die in Ontario's foster care and group homes that are overseen and funded by the CAS.
 
In a National Post feature article in June 2009, Kevin Libin portrayed an industry in which abuses are all too common. One source, a professor of social work, claims that a shocking 15%-20% of children under CAS oversight suffer injury or neglect. Several CAS insiders whom Libin interviewed regard the situation as systemically hopeless. A clinical psychologist with decades of experience advocating for children said, “I would love to just demolish the system and start from scratch again.”
 
“There are lots of kids in group homes all over Ontario and they are not doing well — and everybody knows it,” says Kiaras Gharabaghi, a member of a government-appointed panel that examined the residential care system in 2016.
 
“It is stunning to me how these children... are rendered invisible while they are alive and invisible in their death,” said Irwin Elman, Ontario’s advocate for children and youth. Between 90 and 120 children and youth connected to children’s aid die every year. (rendered invisible by the PDRC)
 
Between 2008/2012 natural causes was listed as the least likely way for a child in care to die at 7% of the total deaths reviewed while "undetermined cause" was listed as the leading cause of death of children in Ontario's child protection system at only 43% of the total deaths reviewed.
 
92 children equals 43% of the deaths reviewed by the PDRC. 92 mystery deaths and like every other year no further action was taken to determine the cause...
 
 
 
WHY CAN'T THESE DEATHS BE PREDICTED WHEN THEY HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?
 
Vulnerable children are being warehoused and forgotten.
 
The report describes a fragmented system with no means of monitoring quality of care, where ministry oversight is inadequate, caregivers lack training, and children are poorly supervised.
 
By LAURIE MONSEBRAATEN Social Justice Reporter SANDRO CONTENTA Feature Writer. Tues., Sept. 25, 2018.
 
 
 
The PDRC isn't at all about preventing the deaths of children in care, it's about preventing real investigations into the death of each child and saving a lot of money while insiders like OACAS CEO Scary Mary Ballantyne maintain the status quo year after year.
 
12 youths who died in Ontario child welfare lacked mental health support, coroner's report finds.
 
Most of the 12 young people who died while in the care of Ontario's child welfare system had significant mental health challenges but limited or no access to appropriate help, according to a coroner's report released Tuesday.
 
The expert panel convened by Ontario chief coroner Dirk Huyer found a litany of other problems, including:
 
Evidence that some of the youths were "at risk of and/or engaged in human trafficking."
 
A lack of communication between child welfare societies.
 
Poor case file management.
 
An "absence" of quality care in residential placements.
 
Eleven of the young people ranged in age from 11 to 18. The exact age of one youth when she died wasn't clear in the report.
 
 
Grassy Narrows teen's death to be part of 'expert review' of youth who died in child welfare care
 
 
 
DRUGS, SUICIDES, HOMICIDES, ACCIDENTS AND THE MYSTERIES OF PROFESSIONALLY UNREGISTERED CHILD CARE WORKERS.
 
“Why are these kids on medication? Because people are desperate to make them functional,” Baird says, and “there’s so little else to offer.
 
Yet if the parents take medication to help make them more "functional" it's a reason for to keep a file open or apprehend a child, not render assistance or relief.
 
 
Strange that an agency that is against any form of corporal punishment isn't against giving children to people that are so willing deny children their rights as they drug, restrain and label them "problem children."
 
WHAT A GREAT START IN LIFE THAT IS...
 
 
BLAME IS ALWAYS PLACED ON THE CHILDREN AND THE PARENTS.
 
 
How many suicides, homicides and accidental deaths are acceptable to you besides all the mystery deaths every year?
 

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Advocates for family preservation against unwarranted intervention by government funded non profit agencies and is a growing union for families and other advocates speaking out against the children's aid society's... More