Premier Dalton McGuinty promised to work with struggling Children’s Aid Societies to deal with what he acknowledged were real funding issues yesterday, after 11 agencies took the desperate step of going to court to ensure vulnerable children aren’t being put at risk.
The premier acknowledged there was a “real issue” when it comes to funding the agencies, and questioned why the challenges persist despite increased government funding and a drop in the number of children in care. The Ministry of Children and Youth Services is looking into the problem, he added.
Jeanette Lewis of the Association of Children’s Aid Societies said the agencies didn’t make the decision to ask for the judicial review lightly, but noted the step was needed to ensure proper care.
It’s true that fewer kids fall under the care of the CAS, she said, but that’s only because they are increasingly being placed with relatives.