Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Letter from a London and Middlesex CAS Bureaucrat Answered

In the course of a recent financial review, the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex was asked an important question whose answer will have a direct bearing on the future of our community.

Why is it that, despite our collective efforts over many years, 830 children and youth require care from our CAS, the third highest number of children in care in the province?

This financial review was undertaken by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to determine how to bring our budget into balance. While the final report from the review is still to be received, here is what we know so far.

There are no quick fixes to our financial issue because it reflects a serious issue in our community — a high incidence of family breakdown, neglect and child maltreatment.  (now, skip the rationalizations and read the comments...)

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