Child Welfare System in Ontario

Andre Fontaine from CAS Ottawa sent the Inuuqatigiit a link on the child welfare system in Ontario. The Inuuqatigiit thinks that this segment of The Agenda: with Steve Paikin dialogue includes very important messages for educators, politicians, services providers and those who have influence over the lives of children. As Irwin Elman says, ‘listen to the voices of the children’.

The Inuuqatigiit is thankful for the work that is and has been done by community agencies to improve the child welfare system.

Air Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Mary Ballantyne (Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies – Executive Director), Kenn Richard (Native Children and Family Services of Toronto – Executive Director), and Kike Ojo (One Vision One Voice – Project Manager) appeared on The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO. The show included two panels focused on child welfare in Ontario.

The first panel focused on the overrepresentation of Black and Indigenous youth in care. Kike, Kenn, and Mary participated in this panel, along with Mahesh Prajapat (CAS Toronto) and Sandro Contenta (Toronto Star).

The second panel focused on the proposed changes to the system and CFSA, including raising the age of protection, Katelynn’s Principle, and improving standards for foster and group homes. Mary participated in this panel with Irwin Elman (Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth – Executive Directore), Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi (Ryerson University – Professor and Researcher), Sandro Contenta (Toronto Star – journalist), and Richard Marcano (youth worker/PACY).


André Fontaine
Project Management Coordinator
Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

For more video discussions on child welfare on
TVO’s The Agenda click here.