TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Chief Advocate of Ontario's Office of Child
& Family Service Advocacy is releasing her report "We are your Sons and
Daughters" which summarizes the findings of her review of the quality of care
provided to children in the care of the Toronto, Thunder Bay and Peel
Children's Aid Societies.
This review was in response to the Report of the Auditor General of
Ontario (2006). In light of the attention drawn to these particular Children's
Aid Societies by the Auditor General, it was of paramount importance to afford
children in care of these societies the direct opportunity to make known their
thoughts to persons about their care. Two hundred and seventy-eight (278)
young people spoke about their 'lived experiences' to Advocacy Officers who
met with them in the foster homes or group homes in which they lived.
Young people offered powerful insight into their needs, concerns, fears,
hopes and desires.
"She's like my Mom, her family is my family. She is always making sure I
am getting ready for life." (Youth in Foster Care)
"All doors locked and staff carry keys, the food is locked up, this is a
power and control environment. Staff act more like a custody home."
(Youth in a Group Home)
Important conclusions are drawn with regard to foster homes and group
care, the practices of children's aid societies, and the government's
responsibility to ensure the well being and safety of all children in state
"The government as the parent, has a special responsibility to their sons
and daughters in state care. The cost to society is enormous if they fail
these children" said Judy Finlay, Chief Advocate.
For further information:
For further information: Judy Finlay, Chief Advocate, Office of Child &
Family Service Advocacy, (416) 325-5989