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« on: April 13, 2006, 10:13:02 am »

People are the best allies of children's aid societies

By Dominic Verticchio, Executive Director,
the Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
The Hamilton Spectator
(Apr 13, 2006)

With all due respect Mr, Verticchio, "
...when a child is hurt or dies...such tragedies are rare exceptions
among the 82,000-plus children Ontario Children's Aid Societies..."
The facts are that only those
incidents of death are brought to the attention of the public. To suggest that, " it is important for
readers to know that all CASs work within highly regulated guidelines defined by the Ministry of
Children and Youth Services and overseen by Ontario's Family Courts. We are mandated under the Child
and Family Services Act to intervene in family life when there is evidence that a child may be in need of
protection." is some how a rationalization that such acts of deaths and abuse by the system should be
Over the past decade there have been "way to many" reported incidents of system abuse. There have
been many who suggest that a Judicial review is need to examine the many such claims that has been
directed to toward Childrenís Aid Societies, including allowing the Ontario Ombudsmen the authority
to review such. It also should be noted that when these incidents of death and abuse take place within
this system, though it advocates that itís standard of care is higher than those of the homes from which
these children were taken from, that there is a different standard that is attributed to the responsibility
of such. Such declarations as,
"In a society that has serious social challenges and too much violence
directed at children, CAS workers need help."
Perhaps, itís the same declaration that many families are
singing, but there are families who feel that this system has other priories than, "the best interest of the
child," and it hides behind privacy issues. When a system decrees it's self as the parent and or care giver
it assumes all the responsibility of a parent and when a child dies or is abused it must be held to the same
degree of accountability.

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