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CFSRB Shuns Dunn
July 28, 2008 permalink
John Dunn applied to the Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) for relief in the matter of his CAS membership request. His application got short shrift, rejected even before a hearing. Mr Dunn has made a request for reconsideration to the board.
We anticipate another rejection. But after final rejection, perhaps Mr Dunn can bring the matter to the provincial ombudsman. André Marin has the ability to report on the CFSRB to the legislature, and may provoke some reform in this area. You can read John Dunn's letter to Jennifer Scott (pdf).
Addendum: As expected, the CFSRB denied John's request for review. Until now, we did not know that John Dunn was a service provider.
[on letterhead of CFSRB]
Child and Family
Custody Review Board
2 Bloor Street West
Toll Free 1-888-728-8823
August 1. 2008
Mr. John Dunn
12-1160 Meadowlands Drive East
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 6J2
RE: Decision on Eligibility File Number: CA08-0123
Dear Mr. Dunn:
The Board has received your further submissions dated July 28, 2008 requesting a reconsideration of the Board's eligibility decision dated July 24, 2008. You submit that membership in a Society is a child welfare service in the form of a prevention service.
Society membership is not a child welfare service, and in particular, a prevention service, under the Child and Family Services Act (the "Act"). To constitute a prevention service under the Act, it must be a service provided directly to children and their families. In this case, you allege Society membership constitutes a prevention service because it enables members to have input into Society policies, procedures and practices. The Board does not agree that this is a prevention service within the meaning of the Act. In any event, you are not seeking or receiving this service, you are attempting to provide it through participation in the development of Society practices and policies. A service provider is not eligible to access the complaint provisions under section 68.1.
The Board affirms its eligibility decision on July 24, 2008. Your application is not eligible to be heard by the Board.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Longley, Case Coordinator at (416) 327-2763 or toll-free at 1-888-728-8823.
cc: Children's Aid Society of Ottawa
Source: News page of Foster Care Council of Canada