Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Foster Care Council urges Ontario Auditor to Interview Community Groups on Child Welfare Spending

The Following letter was sent to Ontario's Auditors Office regarding CAS spending of tax-payers money.

We recently obtained the following response from their office.
Your suggestion is something that will be considered during the planning of the next audit on the Child Welfare program and the Children’s Aid Societies, along with the comments you have previously provided us

RE: Child Services Review‏

From: John Dunn (johndunn@afterfostercare.ca)

Sent: December 15, 2009 12:01:34 AM

To: Wendy Cumbo (Ontario's office of the Auditor) (e-mail address removed at Wendy's request)

Cc: Irwin Elman (irwin.elman@provincialadvocate.on.ca); MinCYS MinCYS (lbroten.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org); MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic MPPSylviaJonesPCChildWelfareCritic (sylvia.jonesqp@pc.ola.org); Horwath - QP, Andrea (ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca); Peter KormosMPP (pkormos-qp@ndp.on.ca); MPPRandyHillierPC MPPRandyHillierPC (randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org); MPPTeddArnotPC MPPTedArnottPC (ted.arnott@pc.ola.org)

Wendy Cumbo
Auditor General of Ontario
Social Audits

One last comment / recommendation.

I would like to recommend that the next time your office does look into child welfare matters, that you contact and interview child-welfare reform advocacy groups such as Canada Court Watch ( http://www.canadacourtwatch.com ), Dufferin VOCA (http://www.fixcas.com), Chris Carter (On Facebook), Andrew Skinner of ( http://rally4accountability.webs.com/contactus.htm ), and myself at johndunn@afterfostercare.ca ( http://www.fostercarenews.blogspot.com )

The reason I make this recommendation is because I read that your office has consulted other community based groups in relation to ODSP in your last 2009 annual report. (3.09) page 220 which says

"Chapter 3 • VFM Section 3.09

We also held discussions and obtained information from a var-
iety of organizations that are involved with, or have
an interest in, the administration of the ODSP pro-
gram, including two ODSP program client-advocate

It is my deepest wish that your office would consider interviewing such groups which have much evidence over the years of wasted spending of tax-payers money by Children's Aid Societies and the lack of any way for Ontarians to do anything about it because nobody oversees CAS financial's except those who are hand-picked by Societies in many cases to become "members" who oversee the board. Many of whom never even ask to see detailed financials, nor attend board meetings.

This lack of oversight is perpetuated by the Societies failing to advertize to the public about the fact that they offer memberships to those in their local communities, or what can be done with memberships, such as access to Societies by-laws, privileges under the corporations act to call meetings of the board, etc... all the same things that happen within profit corporations by share-holders.

Please respond indicating whether your office will consider interviewing such groups and individuals listed above in the future.

John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada

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