A Father's Story
at a glance
In March 1996, I received a call from the Children's Aid Society in Oshawa, warning me about my girlfriend's step-father. The CAS told me this man could be a threat to my children. (He did not have access to my children at the time, anyway). The next time her step-father called, he was told not to call anymore, and he was told about the warning from CAS. He took offence, and this is what he did to my family through the same office.
On April 16, 1996, he called the CAS, after regular business hours, and left a message on their answering machine. He told them we had guns, knives, and drugs in the home. He also said we were harming the children, and that we were crazy parents. This call was made around 8pm.
The following morning, my street was blocked off and there were five police officers at my front door. They asked to come inside and check on our children. Many people might have taken a serious offence to this, but I allowed the police in and they checked the house out.
After the police realized this was a false call they left. The run-around I got from the CAS office that day was incredible! The CAS told me that my problem was now with the police, and if they received another call, like this, the same thing would happen.
The following year was spent writing letters to the CAS, to my MP, to the MPP as well as the Minister of Social Services. It would seem that nobody takes responsibility for the mistakes at the CAS. Each letter I received stated someone else was responsible.
However, things did change, and it was not any government office that made the changes. It was a newspaper writer, here in Oshawa, that was very upset with the number of calls coming into the paper with stories like mine.
Debbie Bodine started writing about the CAS shortly after I came forward with my story. In speaking with her, I learnt that the system had many, many serious flaws. She came to the aid of my family, and to this day, I hold a special place in my heart for her. It was also nice to see her report win 2nd place at an awards dinner in Whistler BC.
The following points are what I have learnt from all of this.
The CAS had no idea I was such a fighter when they attacked my family. In the past year, I have had no problems, nor do I feel that I will down the road. However, I know that, every day, families are being attacked by this group. The CAS follows very poor guidelines and, what seems to be, NO RULES whatsoever.
While talking to a friend a month ago, he told me about this web site. I was very impressed with what I saw. I would like to help the families that do not have the resources I needed to protect my family. This website allows us to show the public some of the serious problems with the system. This documentary has been like a breath of fresh air and I hope many, many others will look it up so we can all work together and make some positive changes soon.
PS: I have kept following the CAS over the years as I worry we are losing a generation of kids and young parents to these criminals. While I would like to say it has improved, I feel it has not. The MP's and MPP's all know and do nothing!!!! The police have become the long arm of the CAS and act without thinking that they are being used by a criminal organization!!
Source: Esther Buckareff