Children's Aid Society of Toronto statement regarding the recommendations from the jury of the Katelynn Sampson Inquest

TORONTO, April 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The Children's Aid Society of Toronto (CAST) welcomes today's recommendations from the Coroner's jury, which are squarely and courageously aimed at safeguarding the children of this Province and preventing future tragedies.  Katelynn's Principle, as recommended by the jury, is a fitting memorial to her too short life. CAST commends it to the Ministries and agencies working with children Province-wide.  Consistent with its service philosophy, CAST applauds the concept that the child is the center of the child welfare system, and that one must see a child and hear a child in order to protect a child.

"The Children's Aid Society of Toronto is committed to continually learning and improving as an agency and has worked diligently since Katelynn's death to address its role in her tragedy", said David Rivard, CEO.  This commitment does not end simply because the Inquest is now over.  CAST accepts the two recommendations directed to it by the jury, and the five additional recommendations directed to it and its sister agency, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.  CAST pledges to implement these recommendations immediately and in full.  CAST is also committed to working constructively with its Ministry and other agencies and institutions to address the balance of the jury's recommendations.  Through the dedicated efforts of its staff, CAST will continue to strive for excellence in the services it provides to children, youth and families across Toronto.

SOURCE Children's Aid Society of Toronto

For further information: Rob Thompson, Director Communications, Children's Aid Society of Toronto, 416-924-4646 ext. 12086,

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