Monday, March 16, 2009

Prescott-Russell Services to Children and Adults Under Investigation

Update Posted Monday March 16, 2009 (see bolded updates below)

The Foster Care Council of Canada (Council) is currently looking into a matter where a youth in foster care under the authority of the Prescott-Russsell Services to Children and Adults (PRSCA) has allegedly asked his or her worker Julie McGraw why the youth has not been informed of the fact that he or she can have a Children's Lawyer appointed to him or her through the Office of the Children's Lawyer, only to be told by McGraw that it is not the worker's job to let him or her know about the Children's Lawyer.

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth has been notified of the matter by the Council. The Council also also contacted the PRSCA through an intake worker who confirmed that the matter would be brought to the attention of McGraw's supervisor, Carolin Granger who will call the Council back to discuss the matter.

We sent an e-mail to the PRSCA notifying them of the fact that this information has been posted to the news blog and requested that the following list of Board members and the Executive Director also be given notice of this post.

President Jean Dugas, Vice President Linda Brisson, Secretary-Treasurer Raymond Parisien, and Directors Ginette Goulet, Helene Leclair, Jean-Yves Leonard, Kevin McBride (Past President), Michel Nault, Georgette Patenaude, and Jaques Prevost

Near the end of the business day, our Internet statistics show us that the PRSCA is aware of the situation as we have received several visits from people using the IP Address of the PRSCA.


UPDATES

Update 1
The youth in care mentioned above has been given a form letter which the youth has stated that he or she wants to sign allowing the agency and their workers to discuss the youth's case with John Dunn of the Foster Care Council of Canada since the youth is interested in learning what options are available to enable him or her to leave care at the age of sixteen.

To date there has not appeared to be any support or assistance offered to this youth in connection with the youth's expressed desire to live with family after turning sixteen. In contrast, the agency has told her that the youth is stuck in care until 18 and that the youth has no choice.

The letter which the youth will sign and distribute to the youth's worker is shown below. The Council will monitor the progress and report on how the PRSCA and their staff are handling the situation and treating the youth concerned.


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Authorization and Release of Information


Date: ______________________


I, __________, give the Prescott-Russell Services to Children and Adults, any of their Directors or Staff members permission to communicate with John Dunn of the Foster Care Council of Canada regarding my life and my case files.

I, ________, give John Dunn of the Foster Care Council of Canada permission to communicate with any of the Directors or Staff members of the Presscott-Russell Services to Children and Adults.

I, ________, give John Dunn of the Foster Care Council of Canada permission to communicate with my foster parents regarding my life and my case files and for my foster parents to communicate with John Dunn regarding my life and my case files.

This Authorization and Release of Information is valid from ______________________2009, until ______________________, 2009

By signing this document, I verify that I have in no way been forced, offered any reward in exchange for signing, or in any way have signed this document against my will. I am also aware that I can revoke the authorizations contained within this document at any time, in any way, and that the revocation overrides anything in this document and takes effect immediately upon communicating to any person the fact that I wish to revoke the content of this document.

If anyone mentioned above, or anyone else has any questions pertaining to this Authorization and Release of Information document please feel free to contact me,
Thank you for your cooperation.


Date Signed: ____________________________


Name of Signatory: (Print Name Here) __________________________


Signature: (Signature Here) _______________________________________________________

cc:

John Dunn - The Foster Care Council of Canada
12-1160 Meadowlands Drive East, Ottawa, ON
K2E 6J2

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