Ontario government supporting native children and families in child welfare

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Ontario government supporting native children and families in child welfare

TORONTO, June 15 - The Ontario government is enhancing child welfare services in Toronto by designating Native Child and Family Services of Toronto as the province's newest children's aid society, Marie Bountrogianni, Minister of Children and Youth Services, announced today. This designation will enable this agency to provide services to aboriginal families and protection for vulnerable children and youth in Toronto. "This change in Toronto's child welfare system will mean more aboriginal children and families will benefit from services that are more attuned to their heritage, traditions and extended aboriginal family," said Dr. Bountrogianni. "It's part of the government's commitment to working with Ontario's aboriginal people to help shape services that affect them." It is estimated that Native Child and Family Services of Toronto will serve more than 200 children, youth and families at any given time. The designation will take effect July 5, 2004. "This designation is the result of twenty years of working to deliver a vision where the unique needs of our children are met based on their cultural heritage. We are profoundly aware of the challenges posed by child welfare and approach the task with both commitment and resolve to create a better day for the native child here in Toronto," said Kenn Richard, Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. There are four other aboriginal children's aid societies in Ontario. The province works with the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies to promote culturally sensitive services for all native children and youth in the child welfare system. Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.children.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156