Ontario Releases Report on the Review of the Child and Family Services Act
The government is releasing the Report on the 2015 Review of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA). The report provides a summary of the feedback the government received during its provincewide consultations to review the act.
More than 400 people across Ontario participated in the consultations, including youth, families, service providers, associations and advocates. The review, which is required by law every five years, may lead to further improvements to the CFSA.
Previous reviews have informed changes to how Ontario delivers services to youth and families. These include major revisions to the child welfare provisions in 2006, changes to adoptions in 2011 and Bill 8 in 2014, which expanded the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth's powers.
- The Child and Family Services Act was first introduced in 1985. It governs the operation of many of the province’s programs and services for children and youth.
- The consultations included in-person sessions as well as more than 100 written submissions.