McGuinty government moves to bolster child welfare services

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McGuinty government moves to bolster child welfare services

New money and new accountability for Children's Aid Societies TORONTO, Feb. 4 - The McGuinty government today announced that it will flow additional funds to the province's Children's Aid Societies to help ensure the safety and well being of Ontario's children in care, Children's Services Minister Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today. A total of $64 million will be distributed to the CASs to address in-year operating needs. "Today's investment in children sets the stage for us to work with the province's Children's Aid Societies to build a more sustainable, accountable system of child welfare," said Dr. Bountrogianni. "We need to work together to find new ways to ensure that the money we spend provides brighter futures for these children." The province will spend more than $1 billion in 2003/04 on services for more than 30,000 children who need protection from abuse or neglect. Escalating costs in the past decade have heightened the need for real reform in the child welfare system. Dr. Bountrogianni committed to work with the Children's Aid Societies to bring greater sustainability and accountability to the system. She indicated the focus will be on achieving positive results for children, including finding permanent families for more children and helping prevent abuse before it starts. "Child welfare is about more than rescuing children," she explained. "And everyone who works in or has been touched by the child welfare system agrees that more can and must be done to improve the lives of these children. We have to work together to make sure that our most vulnerable children have a chance to climb the ladder of opportunity too." Premier McGuinty created the new Ministry of Children's Services to ensure children's issues are a top priority. The Ministry will help give kids the best start in life through quality early-childhood services, make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development, and help youth become productive adults. Disponible en français For more information visit www.children.gov.on.ca Fact Sheet ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ministry of Children's Services February 4, 2004 MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN - The McGuinty government is providing an additional $64.1 million in funding for children's aid societies to help them deal with rising costs. - This year, Ontario's investment in child protection services totals more than $1 billion. - In the 12-month period ending March 31, 2004, there will be more than 30,000 children receiving services from children's aid societies, with a breakdown by region as follows: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Region Investigations Ongoing Total Foster Care Completed Protection Children Homes Cases In Care Available per Month ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central West 13,118 2,796 1,622 807 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto 12,486 5,110 3,677 604 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North 7,064 2,423 2,428 1,628 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North East 3,847 980 654 328 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- South West 13,167 4,478 2,955 1,289 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hamilton/ Niagara 11,506 3,101 2,344 892 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central East 13,507 2,949 1,940 680 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eastern 7,307 2,132 1,777 705 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- South East 5,072 1,282 1,175 693 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Provincial Total 87,074 25,251 18,572 7,626 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: Service Management information System, Ministry of Children's Services - Everyone must play a role in protecting and supporting children who are at risk. The government will work with the child welfare community to create an accountable and sustainable system that will improve the lives of the children who come into the care of children's aid societies. Disponible en français For more information visit http://www.children.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children's Services, (416) 325-5156 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children's Services, (416) 325-5156