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September 28, 2011 permalink
At last week's rally in Niagara Falls FACS agreed to meet with their opponents, and that meeting took place today.
Pat Niagara The meeting with FACS was 3 and half hours long and we all feel that it was a very productive meeting and they listened to our issues and concerns regarding recording, unregistered workers, unwarranted police searches and unlawful detention of children in schools, among other issues and will report to us any changes that they will implement based on our recommendations. FACS also has left the door open for future meetings to help improve the Childrens Aid Society for the Better.
We all agree there is a real need for child protection in Ontario, but the system needs an overhaul and since our logo represents that we are against FACS and to show good faith we agreed to revamp the Anti-FACS logo from this point on into the future. The people in Niagara and in Ontario want to see change within the Children's Aid, and FACS Niagara can be the first organization to make these changes making them the leader in building a better organization that's fair to all the people. If the CAS in Ontario want to stay a private organization then changes must be made before the government of Ontario puts its foot down and takes it over.
CHANGE IS CERTAIN TO HAPPEN, IT IS INEVITABLE!
Bobbie Niagara The meeting with the FACS was 3 and half hours long and we all feel that it was a very productive meeting and we have had them listen to our issues and concerns regarding recording, Unregistered workers, unwarranted police searches and unlawful detention of children in schools, amongst other issues. All in all it was a good meeting.
According to Chris Carter, the issues raised at the meeting were:
- workers in the schools
- the unlawful practice of social work
- allegations of abuse being registered against foster families and group home workers by children, youth and former wards
- the importance of the CAS establishing that its workers openly, with the families being notified, audio record their interactions with the families
- use of police in conjunction with CAS to search homes without judicial process
We learned that there are no reporting requirements between the CASs and the MCYS regarding the CAS internal complaint review process. Not consistent with Laurel Broten's claim that oversight already exists.
I asked about the internal guidelines which provided direction to the workers regarding which families should be requested to do a PCA (Parental Capacity Assessment). Mr Carter concluded from the lack of an answer that there are none by the MCYS or Niagara FACS. They utilize the PCA in cases when they need something to gain litigation advantage.
September 28, 2011
7900 Canadian Drive
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S5
Subject: Meeting with CAS rally group
Today FACS Niagara engaged in a meeting with several persons drawn from a rally group outside your office on September 23. I posted stories from three of the participants in that meeting on my internet news site dealing with child protection in Ontario (url below). All of the reports come filtered through your opponents. Since in calling the meeting you wish to get your views across to your critics, perhaps you would prefer to have your position stated without filtering. If you are able to respond, I will attach your comments verbatim to the same article.
Robert T McQuaid
558 McMartin Road
Mattawa Ontario P0H 1V0
And a poster warning. CAS is watching Facebook groups:
When posting to these or other Facebook groups dealing with Ontario child protection, expect your messages to be read by CAS.