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Propaganda and Truth
February 12, 2010 permalink
Brant Children's Aid is pushing the I Am Your Children's Aid campaign. Following the promotional article, we enclose a note showing their real action.
Campaign boosts image of CAS
Posted February 12, 2010
A campaign aimed at brightening the public image of Children's Aid societies across Ontario is coming to Haldimand-Norfolk.
Called "I Am Your Children's Aid," it includes television and radio advertisements as well as posters.
The campaign features pictures of foster parents and former wards of the CAS who offer testimonials on how their lives were changed for the better thanks to the child welfare agency.
Janice Robinson, executive director of the Children's Aid Society of Haldimand-Norfolk, said her agency will make use of the posters.
"Research shows most people don't know what we do. They see us as an intervention agency," she said.
"We do prevention. We provide free public adoption -a lot of people don't know that."
The publicity campaign was two years in the making, but it comes to Haldimand-Norfolk at a time when public criticism of the agency is reaching a crescendo.
In recent months, angry parents upset with the local CAS have held placard-carrying protests and handed out flyers to the public. Last week, they held a public meeting in Delhi at which a guest speaker from an advocacy group called Canada Court Watch gave advice on what to do if you become a target of a CAS investigation.
They accuse CAS workers of high-handedness, manipulation, and lying in court proceedings.
In an interview, Robinson said having parents lash out verbally against a child welfare agency is nothing new.
"It's part of the territory, it's part of the job," she said.
"It's very stressful for people involved with us, we know that."
The agency seeks feedback from parents who have come into contact with them by asking them to fill out anonymous surveys, Robinson noted.
Source: Brantford Expositor
This couple has not given permission to use their names, so here it is anonymously:
February 9 at 2:40am
After a lenghly battle with CAS, over 18 months of discrimination and jumping through their hoops. Today at court we were surprised to see a third judge. This judge listened to the CAS side for over an hour and then it was our turn. Wierd how paperwork goes missing from the continuing record when it favours the family. The judge stunned both my wife and myself by not allowing for paperwork that already should have been part of the record to be entered. The result we have lost another son to crown ward as of 5pm tonight. I'd like to thank all those who supported is through out the year.
In a later note, the authors gave permission to show their names.
— Rob Ferguson and Kalina Mallon