Ontario government asks for public input into Child and Family Services Act

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Ontario government asks for public input into Child and Family Services Act

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Jan. 28 - The Ontario government is asking members of the public for their thoughts on the Child and Family Services Act, as part of the ministry's ongoing review of key aspects of the child welfare sector, Children and Youth Services Minister Marie Bountrogianni announced today. Under the legislation, a review of the act must be done every five years. "Our focus - always - is on protecting children and youth at risk and giving them the best chance for future success," said Bountrogianni. "This review of the legislation is an opportunity to address the urgent need to help more of Ontario's 9,000 Crown wards find permanent families." This technical review of the act will focus on key provisions relating to permanency options for children in care, including adoption. In addition, the newly established Child Welfare Secretariat has been consulting with the child welfare community during the past year to review key parts of the child protection system. This consultation includes a review of the Child and Family Services Act, court processes and funding, and the day-to-day work of children's aid societies. Members of the public are invited to contribute to the review in writing by February 28, 2005, through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services website, www.children.gov.on.ca, to cfsareview@mcys.gov.on.ca or to: Director, CFSA Review 4th Floor, Hepburn Block 80 Grosvenor Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1E9 The review will be completed by March 31, 2005. "Public input is a critical part of our review, and I hope interested citizens across the province, including children and youth, will take the time to share their ideas," said Bountrogianni. Disponible en fran├žais 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