Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ministry of Children and Youth Services Redirects Client Oversight

On December 12, 2008 John Dunn wrote a letter to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in response to their "living document" titled "Realizing Potential - Our Children, Our Youth, Our Future" [download] suggesting to the Ministry that they could meet the document's "Strategic Goal #1", which is "Every Child and Youth Has a Voice" by issuing a Directive to all CAS's to make all Society and Crown Wards non-voting members.

The Ministry responded in January with their typical arm's-length mantra of "CAS's have the discretion and authority to make decisions regarding board membership at the local level. Therefore this suggestion could be considered by individual agencies" as signed by Holly Big Canoe, Director, Strategic Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services and CC'd to Cathy Paul, Director, Child Welfare Secretariat, Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The letter written to the Ministry is included below:


From: afterfostercare@hotmail.com
To: realizingpotential.mcys@ontario.ca
Subject: Ministry of CYS - Strategic Goal #1
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:20:08 -0500

FROM:
John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada

TO:
Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services

RE: Strategic Goal #1 - Every Child and Youth has a Voice from Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Realizing Potential

I am writing to provide feedback as requested by the Ministry on their living document titled "Realizing Potential - Our Children, Our Youth, Our Future". Specifically in response to Strategic Goal #1 - Every Child and Youth has a Voice.

I would like to see the Ministry issue a Directive to all Children's Aid Societies in Ontario, having them all pass a resolution which would afford all children who are wards and crown wards under the Society's custody the same rights that Regular Members of a Society share, minus the right to vote.

Regular Members are people who pay an annual fee, receive newsletters on CAS initiatives, and who have certain rights afforded to them as laid out in the Societies' By-Laws and in the Corporations Act. Regular Members are not to be confused with Board of Directors Members.

Doing so, would help the Ministry to meet it's Strategic Goal #1 - Every Child and Youth has a Voice



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

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