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Child Abuse Prevention Month
October 1, 2007 permalink
Ontario's children's aid societies are kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a press release showing that a big increase in child abuse reporting has created an increased need for their services.
Of course, it is illegal for anyone to tell the other side. The provincial ombudsman is forbidden to look into children's aid cases. Cathy Norris spent time in jail for telling her side, and every day parents are threatened with loss of their children for speaking out. So there is no way for newspaper readers to know that the increase in reporting is due to more threats against mandated reporters, or that the death rate in foster care is five times that in parental care.
Child abuse soaring in Ontario
The Canadian Press, October 1, 2007 at 8:08 AM EDT
TORONTO — The Children's Aid Societies says more than 29,000 children in Ontario were abused or neglected last year, an increase of 24 per cent since 2000-2001.
The child and family welfare agency also says it received more than 160,000 calls about child protection concerns last year, an increase of 25 per cent.
The Children's Aid Societies released the figures Monday to mark the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario.
It said that the number of children and families receiving its services keeps rising and that more must be done to protect them.
Children's Aid also says almost 44,000 families received child welfare services and parenting supports last year to cope with stress, poverty, addiction and mental health problems, a 33-per-cent rise over 2000-2001.
Nearly one-third of all child-related investigations of abuse involved exposure to domestic violence or neglect. Another 15 per cent involved emotional abuse, 10 per cent were physical abuse cases and 3 per cent involved sexual abuse.
Source: Globe and Mail