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CBC: Children's Aid facing cash crunch in Ontario

Date: JAN-27-03
Source: CBC
Keywords: deficits, CAS custody - 40% increase, $1billion CAS spending
Comment: Basic economics has caught up to the ideological imperialism of Ontario's CAS. The obvious solution is to stop removing children from their homes, except in cases where there is compelling evidence that the children face immediate danger to their lives. A dirty home, common accidents, child training stresses, and cultural differences alone don't warrant child apprehension. Furthermore, the risk to the child is often much higher in "mercenary" foster homes. There are many good foster parent families, but nobody can guarantee the safety of a child, especially in new surroundings.
Posted: JAN-27-03
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Children's Aid facing cash crunch

Toronto - Children's aid societies across Ontario are struggling to pay their foster parents as they face severe budget shortfalls.

Some societies may not be able to pay foster parents within the next two months.

Provincially, the agencies have combined deficits that could run to between $80 million and $100 million. The province has allocated $938 million for child welfare.

In recent years, a number of inquests into the deaths of children known to the agencies sparked a reform of the system, with the subsequent legislation listing neglect, not just physical abuse, as a reason for social workers to remove children from homes.

As a result, a new funding formula was put in place and the budget for children's aid societies has doubled from six years ago.

But agencies say they still can't afford to shelter the rising number of children being placed in care, which has jumped by 40 per cent over the past six years. As of last September, 17,463 children were living as wards of the province. Fifty of the province's 52 children's aid societies are facing a cash shortfall.

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