Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Council Contacts Auditors Office for Advocacy Information

For Immediate Release:

Contact:
John Dunn, Executive Director, The Foster Care Council of Canada
12-1160 Meadowlands Drive East
Ottawa, Ontario
K2E 6J2
Phone: (613) 228-2178 (new number at Contact Us page of www.afterfostercare.ca )
E-Mail: (Call for e-mail address)

Saturday, January 17, 2009, John Dunn, Executive Director of the Foster Care Council of Canada submitted a letter to the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario who is responsible for Children and Youth Services Sector audits asking to initiate a dialogue regarding the way in which citizen's of Ontario who are concerned with the way child-welfare services are being provided can effectively and efficiently submit child-welfare related concerns which are both relevant and important to their duties as auditors of the province.

Read the letter to the Auditor's office below:

From: John Dunn
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2009 11:02 AM
To: Auditors Office
Cc: Afterfostercare-exec afterfostercare-exec
Subject: Children and Youth Services Sector

Office of the Auditor General
20 Dundas Street West, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

As you may recall from our previous communications where I submitted reports of a Children's Aid Societies using Ministry allocated Transfer Funds to assist them in committing provincial offences under section 307 (5) of the Corporations Act R.S.O. 1990, c. C-38, I regularly advocate for accountability in the child-welfare sector.

I did receive your reply and understand the limitations your office has in relation to your (your office) inability to act directly in response to public submissions, and that these matters may be taken into consideration during subsequent audits in the Child and Youth Services sector.

Having said that, I wanted to know if we could engage in a discussion by phone some time soon regarding your offices' responsibilities in relation to the Child and Youth Services sector so that I can better understand your duties in the hope of assisting me to accept and funnel similar complaints from citizens to the auditors office and to make submissions to your office that are of a meaningful and useful nature to your office.

For example I was able to pick-up a large educational book(1) on Auditors and their duties to better help me understand your roles, focus, and limitations so that I will be able to hear complaints from people in the community in relation to the sector, pick-out what is of interest or useful to your office in relation to this relatively new portfolio.

I can usually be reached throughout the day at 613-228-2178. (New number at Contact Us page of www.afterfostercare.ca

(1) Auditing - An Integrated Approach - 7th Edition - W. Morley Lemon/University of Waterloo - Alvin J. Arens/Michigan State University - James K Loebbecke/University of Utah - ISBN 0-13-570920-2 (1997)


Sincerely
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada
http://www.afterfostercare.ca


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I have been contacted by their Office and have an understanding that they are unable to communicate much more than can be found in their Annual Reports and other reports and I informed their office that I will continue to make submissions to their office regarding child-welfare matters that I believe will be relevant to their duties as auditors.

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