Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ministry Directives - Letter to Minister CYS

Hon. Minister Deb Matthews,

I have noticed that the Ministry of Community and Social Services posts their Policy Directives on their website for the public to review as it is in their interests to do so and since they are paid for by the public as well.

See here: [ link ]

My question to you as Minister of Children and Youth Services is will you ensure that the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Policy Directives and Directives issued to Children's Aid Societies are posted on the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Web Site?

If so, when do you think that would be possible?

If not, why not and could members of the public have physical access to review them at or through the regional Offices of the Ministry?

John Dunn
Executive Director
The Foster Care Council of Canada

Friday, July 18, 2008

Kawartha-Haliburton CAS leads Public Accountability

The Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society appears to be leading the way in ensuring they are accountable to the Public they serve by making many of their Governing Policies and Documents available to the public.

See more at

The Council will be sending a letter of recognition to the KHCAS for their dedication to community and stakeholder transparency and accountability.

Ontario Appoints Expert Panel On Infertility And Adoption

There appears to be a lack of children who grew up as adoptees on the board of all opinions

Ontario has appointed an expert panel on fertility treatment and adoption to help find solutions for people who are trying to start or expand a family. The panel will recommend ways to help make both fertility treatment and adoption more accessible and affordable.

The 12-member panel will provide advice to the government on:

  • Improving access to infertility treatment and making fertility monitoring available to women so they know if they are likely to have problems conceiving a child.

  • Improving Ontario's adoption system so that more children can become part of families more quickly.

Panel members include adoptive parents, people who have had personal experience with infertility, and representatives from the medical and adoption communities. The panel is expected to report back to the Minister of Children and Youth Services with its recommendations within a year....

[Read more]

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ottawa's Kindness

We recently posted a request for a file cabinet on a resource for exchanging free items known as and we have been fortunate to receive already, one two drawer file cabinet and two offers for two other file cabinets.

We will make delivery arrangements and soon will have file cabinets to organize our work.

A special thanks to Ottawa's residents for their generousity and support of our mission.


John Dunn

Monday, July 07, 2008

July 9 & 10 Ottawa Parliament Hill Rally - CAS


Child Welfare Rally: On July 09, & 10, 2008 a Rally on Children's Aid Society abuses will begin at 11:00am. Feel free to view the event through the Parliament Webcam below. Refresh your browser for the latest image (about each minute) by hitting the F5 key on your keyboard! Also visit the related Facebook site [ here ]

Friday, July 04, 2008

Council Request's Meeting with Minister of CYS

The Foster Care Council of Canada has requested an opportunity to meet with the Minister of Children and Youth Services to discuss several issues in and around mid August, 2008.

The issues to be discussed pertain to unproclaimed portions of the Child and Family Services Act which deal with disclosure of foster care records to those they relate to, public disclosure of CAS board meetings, minutes and By-Laws, a Ministry document/initiative to give kids a voice, the privitization of foster parenting to private organizations, expanding the child-welfare stakeholder list for Ministry related Directives and consultations to include the Council, and increasing visibility and access to the Provincial Child and Youth Avocate on the Ministry web site.

The request letter and response can be found below:

Request Letter (MS Word .doc) (Sent Friday, July 4, 2008)
Request Letter (Adobe PDF .pdf) (Sent Friday, July 4, 2008)

Ministry Response
Minister's response (Pending)