McGuinty government delivers real, positive change in child welfare

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McGuinty government delivers real, positive change in child welfare

Focus on achieving positive results for children and youth in care TORONTO, March 22 - The McGuinty government is delivering positive change to vulnerable children and youth through a new commitment to increase adoptions through Children's Aid Societies, Children and Youth Services Minister Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today. "We must find more permanent homes for children and youth to give them a bright future," said Bountrogianni. "By investing in children and youth today, we are helping Ontario succeed tomorrow." In a letter to each of Ontario's 52 Children's Aid Societies (CAS) today, Bountrogianni asked CAS Board Chairs to sign written commitments to achieve specific targets on increasing the number of adoptions, increasing the number of children placed in homes in their own community, and reducing legal and infrastructure costs. "Increasing adoptions and placing kids in their home community is the right thing to do for these kids and gives them the best chance for future success," said Bountrogianni. "These are vital strategies that ensure the money we spend helps provide brighter futures for Ontario's children and youth." The government will provide an additional $20.7 million to clear CAS 2002/03 deficits, in addition to the $64.1 million announced in February to relieve in-year pressures. Escalating costs in the last decade have heightened the need for real reform in the child welfare system. "To build sustainability we need to start from a stable financial position," said Bountrogianni. Bountrogianni reiterated her commitment to work closely with Children's Aid Societies to bring greater sustainability and accountability to the system to improve the quality of life for children and youth in care. Disponible en français For more information visit www.children.gov.on.ca Fact Sheet ------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 22, 2004 NEW FUNDING TO CLEAR HISTORIC DEFICITS A Real, Positive Change for Children in Care The Ontario government is providing an additional $20.7 million to clear Children's Aid Society 2002/03 deficits. Since January, the government has provided approximately $85 million in new funding to help relieve financial pressures at the agencies, and has indicated that future funding will be tied to specific targets that help ensure brighter futures for children and youth. ADDITIONAL CHILD WELFARE FUNDING (in 000s) CAS of London and Middlesex $ 1,801.1 CAS of Owen Sound and the County of Grey 606.7 CAS of the City of Guelph & the County of Wellington 20.5 CAS of the City of St. Thomas and the County of Elgin 263.1 CAS of the District of Rainy River 313.4 Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto 979.5 CCAS of Hamilton-Wentworth 200.7 Chatham-Kent Integrated Children's Service 370.8 Children's Aid Society of Northumberland 290.8 Children's Aid Society of Ottawa 351.4 Children's Aid Society of Oxford County 3.7 Children's Aid Society of the Region of Peel 9.7 Children's Aid Society of Toronto 4,953.3 Children's Aid Society Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry 316.2 Children's Aid Society, City of Brockville & Counties of Leeds & Grenville 17.1 Dilico Ojibway Child and Family Services 93.6 Dufferin Child and Family Services 286.9 Family, Youth and Child Services of Muskoka 203.0 Hastings Children's Aid Society 733.5 Huron Perth CAS 2.6 Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto 70.0 Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society 835.2 Kenora-Patricia Child & Family Services 644.2 Payukotayno: James and Hudson Bay Family Services 0.8 Services aux enfants et adultes de P-R Services to Children and Adults 625.6 The Children's Aid Society of Haldimand-Norfolk 27.8 The Children's Aid Society of the County of Simcoe 721.3 The Children's Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay 686.8 The Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound 60.9 The Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin 1,696.6 The Children's Aid Society of the Durham Region 1,036.6 Tikinagan Child and Family Services Inc. 1,669.6 Weechi-it-te-win Family Services Inc. 836.6 Total $20,729.6 Disponible en français For more information visit www.children.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth 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 and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156