Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OACAS Preemptive Cries for Funding while wasting over 2 Million in Child Welfare Intended Money

The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS) is holding a press conference today at 10:00am at 75 Front Street to tell the media about the negative effects of proposed cut-backs on Child Welfare Services.

These preemptive cries for help come on the heels of the Foster Care Council of Canada's inquiry into the source of over 2 Million dollars in membership fees the Children's Aid Societies pay to the OACAS out of Ministry allocated transfer payments which are originally intended for child welfare services.

The OACAS's media advisory states "thousands of children in the care of Ontario's Children's Aid Societies will feel the effects of government cutbacks to services. Ontario's CAS are mandated to provide essential child protection services but have been under-funded historically, particularly this year."

In an interview with the Toronto Star's Tanya Talaga the new Minister of Children and Youth Services M.P.P. Laurel Broten is quoted as saying "I understand there are pressures now and I certainly have an open door to work with them through this," Broten said in an interview. Broten is setting up a commission to work with the agencies and the ministry to try to "find better ways to do business,"

See further details at
http://fostercarenews.blogspot.com/2009/08/oacas-refuses-to-disclose-sources-of.html

The OACAS on the Toronto Star's ParentCentral.ca

http://parentcentral.ca/parent/newsfeatures/article/709857--budget-cuts-put-children-at-risk-ontario-warned

1 comment:

  1. The general public is being usurped by Children’s aid Societies, $ 2 million dollars to Ontario Association of Children’s Aid including $3 million is salaries and benefits towards Executive Directors. Culminate into their resounding cries that funding cuts will impact, “Children will also get fewer visits with their biological families as agencies will not be able to afford costs of court-ordered access visits, he added.” Moreover, “a budget reduction of $5.5 million could lead to the layoffs of nearly 90 people, or one-third of the staff, said executive director Patrick Lake.” Including the stated facts that, “agencies will run out of money in November.”

    What is evident is that CAS’s are out of control and require an independent public audit. Moreover, considering the thousands of complaints with regards to compliance to the CFSA, which the Ministry of children and youth is aware of, it is no only paramount that a independent fiscal audit be commenced immediately, including a public review on whether said agencies are acting in the best interest of children. Many would suggest that many of these children in care would be better served with their families and or extended families. While agencies collect $200. per. day for each child in care, yet many of these children are apprehended from their families simply because the are poor. Consider giving $400. per month to those poor parents would be more beneficial to the children, while saving the tax payer $6 thousand per month per child.
    What is clear is that the provincial government, Ministry responsible, has failed to mounter and supervise CAS’s.

    fundamentally the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid, OACAS, is a union for CAS,s that squeezes $2 million dollars plus out of the public purse. This group is composed with CAS employees and Ministry of Child and youth who orchestrate the best needs of their agencies and when the accountability and responsibility become necessary the first cuts on their list are children services. They are the pawns that are publicly flaunted. What is not included are the millions of dollars that are transferred from the Federal Government, the public charitable donations, including Provincial funds that have dissipated for self-serving endeavors.
    Children have become their means to an end, rather than in the best interest of the child.

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