Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Council Makes Suggestion to Ontario Trillium Foundation

RE: OTF Funding‏
From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)
Sent: February 17, 2009 8:10:33 PM
To: pelse@trilliumfoundation.org; concerned4ourchildren@gmail.com; corpoffice@trilliumfoundation.org
Cc: WandaSecord ExecDirDurhamCAS (wanda.secord@durhamcas.ca); Ontario Ombudsman (info@ombudsman.on.ca); jfollert@durhamregion.com (jfollert@durhamregion.com); advocacy@provincialadvocate.on.ca; Wendy Cumbo (e-mail removed as per request by Wendy Cumbo); foundation@durhamcas.ca


Patricia Else,
Ontario Trillium Foundation

As a fellow Ontario citizen who is a former foster child, and now an advocate for improved quality of services and accountability in Child Welfare, I wanted to first thank-you for your immediate and respectful response to "Concerned Citizen"'s e-mail.

I have no doubt the grant was provided to support the development of the DCAS fundraising strategy which included their Foundation, and the grant was obviously made in good faith and within the requirements of the OTF's granting process and priorities however I would like to make a suggestion for future grants which are in connection with Children's Aid Societies and their Foundations.

Suggestions to OTF
I would like to suggest to the OTF and their Board of Directors, that in the future, when considering applications from a Children's Aid Society or a Foundation which is closely related or affiliated with a Society, that the OTF diligently review the services funded by such organizations by putting out a call to clients and recipients of the services provided by the Societies and benefactors of their Foundations to ask them directly how they have benefited from the Foundations.

Often these Foundations state on their web sites that they provide preventative services to keep families together and children out of foster care, however in my line of advocacy, I rarely, if ever have heard of any family who has benefited from, or even been offered services from these foundations.

I have however heard repeatedly from various clients of Societies across the province, that when they went to a Society for assistance such as those requested by "Concerned Citizen" that they are told that the Societies provide services for children not for families, or that they end up in legal battles with CAS's as opposed to receiving preventative services.

In addition, each Society and Foundation, as part of the agreement to receiving services from OTF should at all times have detailed financial reports available online detailing where the money is spent and how much per service etc.

This is not to say that people have not benefited from services provided by Societies, or that the Foundations are not helping people, it is however, to simply ask that the OTF diligently seek client / recipient verification that the services claimed to be provided are actually being provided.

Again, this is merely a suggestion,

Several years ago The Ontario Trillium Foundation provided grant funds to the Durham Children's Aid Society to support the development of the DCAS fundraising strategy and Foundation. As with all grant requests this project met the requirements of the granting process and was well matched with the granting priorities. This grant was completed in 2005. OTF has not provided funds to support the operations of the DCAS as this is not in our mandate.


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




Subject: OTF Funding
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 17:20:33 -0500
From: pelse@trilliumfoundation.org
To: concerned4ourchildren@gmail.com; corpoffice@trilliumfoundation.org
CC: wanda.secord@durhamcas.ca; info@ombudsman.on.ca; johndunn@afterfostercare.ca; jfollert@durhamregion.com; advocacy@provincialadvocate.on.ca; Wendy Cumbo-Ontario Audiotor's Office - e-mail removed as per request by Wendy Cumbo)

Thank you for your message. I appreciate the time you have taken to express your views.



Several years ago The Ontario Trillium Foundation provided grant funds to the Durham Children's Aid Society to support the development of the DCAS fundraising strategy and Foundation. As with all grant requests this project met the requirements of the granting process and was well matched with the granting priorities. This grant was completed in 2005. OTF has not provided funds to support the operations of the DCAS as this is not in our mandate.



Please visit our website at www.trilliumfoundation.org to read more about the many charities and not for profit organizations that OTF has funded throughout the province.



I wish you all the best



Patricia Else

Director of Grant Operations

Ontario Trillium Foundation

45 Charles Street East, 5/F

Toronto, ON M4Y 1S2

Tel: (416) 963-7937

Fax:(416) 963-8781

Email: pelse@trilliumfoundation.org









From: Concerned Citizen [mailto:concerned4ourchildren@gmail.com]
Sent: February 15, 2009 1:44 PM
To: Patricia Else; corpoffice
Cc: wanda.secord@durhamcas.ca; Ontario Ombudsman; John Dunn; Jillian Follert; advocacy@provincialadvocate.on.ca; wendy.cumbo@removed.on.ca
Subject: Wasted Resources



I am writing as a concerned citizen. I understand that you give some funding to the Durham Children's Aid Society. With the state of our ecconomics here in Canada, I am concerned that this is money that can be given to a cause that bennefits Children much more.



The attitude of the DCAS is that " We are the Children's Aid Society, Not the Parent's Aid Society; We are here to help the children, not the Parents." Silly me thought that to help the Children, you need to help the family as a whole.



I am a mom who moved to Durham region after being raped by a Church member in Ottawa. I went to the DCAS to ask for help and they have made it impossible to have my son returned to me. They have an adoptive family who they preferr to have my beautiful boy.



They have spent thousands of dollars, if not more, in legal defense to take a boy away from a very loving family, instead of providing the help I asked for to figure out which resources would best help me recover from the rape. It appears that there are not any resources in Durham to help a single parent in such a situation.



I propose that you redirect your funding from the DCAS, to agencies that will help families in a similar situation and who do not have a hidden agenda. The CAS receives more funding for each child in care. So the more families ruined and kids remaining in care, the more funding they receive. Just look at the big new building they have. The access centre receives the smallest amount of room. The waiting room is huge compared to the tiny, cramped rooms you visit in. The toys in there are broken, cheep quality and DANGEROUS. My child almost choked on a small piece of broken toy during a visit, but I was able to scoop it out in time. Yet, the DCAS is OK with spending monies you give them on Legal, instead of anything for the kids. There are some families that really need help, but there are too much who need help and instead have their family ripped apart. There is nothing more important than Family. Our families in Durham Region need help, but the DCAS are not able to provide this!



Thank you for your time,



Concerned mom

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