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Less Baby-Stealing

April 1, 2008 permalink

Ontario's new child advocate, Agnes Samler, has made a submission to the Goudge inquiry (pdf). It includes the recommendation:

That revisions be made to the current funding formula to allow Children's Aid Societies to emphasize prevention and support to children in their own homes, where appropriate.

This is the first public indication confirming the private anecdotes that Ontario's new low-profile leadership is changing course. They want to eliminate the system in which children's aid societies get funded primarily for the number of children in foster care. This is a good start. It appears that the government intends to make its policy changes through regulation. Only legislative changes are likely to survive the tenure of the current Liberal government.