[imc-ontario] Ottawa CAS Charged
johndunn at afterfostercare.ca
Thu Oct 21 10:40:03 PDT 2010
Foster Care Council of Canada
12-1160 Meadowlands Drive East
(613) 220-1039 (Cell/Text)
johndunn at afterfostercare.ca
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY FACING CHARGES
Ottawa resident and former foster child, John Dunn has pressed charges
against the Ottawa Children's Aid Society for refusing to comply with
their governing legislation in an attempt to prevent Dunn from advocating
for changes to the way they operate. The Society was charaged for the same
offences in 2007 however they were able to reach a resolution after
fifteen months of discussion.
The second time the Society refused to comply with thier governing
legislation charges were laid, the parties did not reach a resolution, and
a trial date is now set for December 1st, 2010.
Dunn has been advocating for improved transparency and accountability of
Children's Aid Societies across the province for several years through an
organization he started called the Foster Care Council of Canada, which
has as it's mission statement "Involving current and former foster
children and their supporters in the process of improving the transparency
and accountability of child-welfare services through a strong and united
BACKGROUND ON CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETIES
In Ontario, the provincial government, through the Ministry of Children
and Youth Services is responsible for the safety and well-being of
Ontario's children and youth. They do this by taking children and youth
away from families they believe are subjecting a child or youth to abuse
or neglect and placing them into the homes of people who have been
approved by the Ministry as foster parents or into homes which have been
licensed by the Ministry to run as what is called a group home where
several children and youth can stay.
Since the Ministry does not have enough staff to carry out the actual work
of removing children from their homes and placing them in foster or group
homes on a daily basis, the Ministry approves private, non-profit
corporations called "Children's Aid Societies" to do the work for them
leaving the Ministry to monitor and regulate the agencies.
These private, non-profit corporations (Children's Aid Societies) can be
found in fifty-three different locations across the province and each one
of them has jurisdiction over a specified local area. As an example, there
are the Children's Aid Societies of Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor-Essex, etc..
Each Children's Aid Society is thought to be governed by a "community
elected" board of directors and their local policies, procedures and
by-laws are also thought to be approved by the local community, except for
the fact that most Children's Aid Societies do not advertise the fact that
people in their local area can join the corporation as "regular members"
to ensure that the way these corporations operate are in accordance with
the views and opinions of those in the local community.
Children's Aid Societies make decisions and take actions which seriously
impact the lives of Ontario's children, youth, and their families for
years to come, often affecting them throughout their entire lives.
THE TRIAL TAKES PLACE ON WED DEC 01, 2010 AT 9:00AM
PROVINCIAL OFFENCES COURT
100 CONSTELLATION CRESCENT
COURT ROOM 101
(NEAR ALGONQUIN COLLEGE IN CITY OF OTTAWA BUILDING)
The Foster Care Council of Canada
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