Every 5 years the Minister of Children and Youth Services is required to initiate a review of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) and make public their report. We have until 2015 before the next review is initiated. Why not get involved now and start discussing the changes you want to see here.
Since 1999/2000 section 224 of the CFSA provides for five year reviews of the CFSA and it reads as follows:
Review of Act 224.(1)The Minister shall periodically conduct a review of this Act or those provisions of it specified by the Minister.
Beginning of review
(2)The Minister shall inform the public when a review under this section begins and what provisions of this Act are included in the review.
(3)The Minister shall prepare a written report respecting the review and shall make that report available to the public.
Period for review
(4)The first review shall be completed and the report made available to the public within five years after the day this section comes into force.
(5)Each subsequent review shall be completed and the report made available to the public within five years after the day the report on the previous review has been made available to the public. 1999, c. 2, s. 34.
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2012 13:38:45 GMT -5 by John Dunn
Please review the table of contents of the Child and Family Services Act by clicking on the link below. Once you have read through the entire Table of Contents, select which sections you feel require change during the next five year review of the CFSA.
You can see the Table of Contents and the entire CFSA by clicking here
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2012 1:54:40 GMT -5 by John Dunn
I'll provide an example, of a review of a section below to get us started.
Section 45 (8)
Prohibition: identifying child
(8) No person shall publish or make public information that has the effect of identifying a child who is a witness at or a participant in a hearing or the subject of a proceeding, or the child’s parent or foster parent or a member of the child’s family. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.11, s. 45 (8).
This subsection prevents children and youth in foster care -- the very people it is meant to protect -- from expressing themselves through Internet, Public meetings, or the media. I believe it should be changed by introducing a Bill which would amend it as follows or similar.
Subsection 45 (8) shall be repealed and the following subsection added
Subsection 45 (8)
(8) No person shall publish or make public information that has the effect of identifying a child who is a witness at or a participant in a hearing or the subject of a proceeding, or the child’s parent or foster parent or a member of the child’s family unless authorised to do so by the child, where such authorisation can be reasonably obtained. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.11, s. 45 (8).
This way, it is up to the child to decide if their information can be made public, since the law is intended to protect the child not the system.
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2012 22:17:02 GMT -5 by John Dunn
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Mar 4, 2013 10:27:37 GMT -5
sadmummy: Hey Everyone!! Quick question John...any word on your meetup plans in the Ottawa Area? What if they were held close to the CAS building let's say...Chapters?
Mar 11, 2013 13:00:43 GMT -5
John Dunn: Hi SadMommy. I have been very disapointed in the fact that nobody really wishes to get together to actually do anything on these important issues. It is very frustrating. I would have to have more confirmations from people on on here saying they would firs
Apr 2, 2013 22:35:42 GMT -5
karenheald42: I have 3 sons in Crown Ward. We live in Ontario. My youngest will be 16 on Sept.25 2013, and he wants to live backwith me, his mother. CAS is saying that he can't move in with me til he's 18. According to wikipedia he can leave CW care at 16. please help
May 8, 2013 13:31:56 GMT -5
karenheald42: Hello John, Is there anyway to send you a longer message to explain my situation? I have so much to ask and get cleared up. My children mean the world to me and they are my 3 angels. CAS has really got a tight hold on them.
May 8, 2013 14:56:33 GMT -5
John Dunn: have email email@example.com or call 6137093866 after 730pm
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