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November 5, 2006 permalink
Simcoe Children's Aid refused to send us a copy of the statement by Mary Ballantyne, but we have obtained one anyway. It is right out of the child protection script.
THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY
OF THE COUNTY OF SIMCOE
For Immediate Release October 10, 2006
Statement by Mary Ballantyne, Executive Director
Children's Aid Society of the County of Simcoe
Barrie -Mary Ballantyne, Executive Director of the Simcoe County Children's Aid Society, has confirmed that the agency was working with the Campione family.
"We share with the community, great shock, sadness and grief, and wish to extend to the Campione family our deepest sympathy," said Ms. Ballantyne.
"It is not our policy to make public the details of the lives of those with whom we work. We will honour that confidentiality in this case but I can state that we were working with our community partners in providing service to this family.
"We will be conducting an internal review to determine what could have been done to prevent this tragedy. We remind everyone that this case is still being investigated and we will cooperate with the police and the coroner as they complete their work.
"This is truly a tragic situation, one which has been devastating for this community and for our entire staff, we take our role as the primary child protection agency in this community very seriously.
"The Children's Aid Society of Simcoe County has been providing child protection service since 1894. Last year this agency provided service to 6,003 families and 11,700 children. We work with organizations in our community making thoughtful and responsible decisions, while keeping the primary goal of protecting children in mind at all times," Ms. Ballantyne concluded.
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