儿童和妇女问题副部长吉尔·邓洛普（Jill Dunlop）表示，新战略还将致力于解决黑人和土著家庭在儿童救助系统中人数过多的问题。 她说，与原生家庭环境相比，接受照料的儿童和青年人的结果更差，包括低毕业率，无家可归的风险增加以及司法系统的更多干涉。 邓洛普在新闻发布会上说：“儿童福利不应成为人们所惧怕的系统。” “任何人都不应该担心因为与儿童救助协会上交流而失去孩子。没有女人应该害怕去收容所而失去自己的孩子。”
Ontario plans to redesign child welfare system focusing on prevention
Key Words: child welfare system , prevention and early intervention
Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop said the new strategy will also work to address the over-representation of Black and Indigenous families in the children’s aid system. She said children and youth in care suffer from worse outcomes than those in original family setting, including lower graduation rates, a higher risk of homelessness and more interference of the justice system. “Child welfare should not be the system that people fear” Dunlop said in a news conference. “No one should worry about losing their children because of having communication with children’s aid society. No woman should be afraid to go to a shelter for fear of losing her children.”
The aim of this plan is to bolster community services and emphasize care in the normal family setting rather than in the appropriate group family setting. Dunlop said the revamped system will seek more permanent homes for children and youth who can’t stay in their families or communities, including a more centralized adoption process. She said the plan was established on the basis of consultations and online surveys from youth, families, First Nations, community organizations and frontline workers.
Wednesday’s announcement, however, did not include new funding or legislative changes. It didn’t set a timeline for the redesign, either. Dunlop said the change would be rather “significant” so that it would take time. Critics said that while the child welfare system definitely needed to be reformed, the government’s announcement didn’t lay out a truly practical plan to do so. “Without details, real resources or money, even timelines or commitment to transform the laws that govern child welfare, the Ford government does not tackle with these critical issues when Indigenous communities and children and youth in care desperately need a plan,” members of the opposition New Democrats said in a statement.
Some advocates suggested more research was needed on outcomes for youth after care . Therefore, they could find out what is the kind of intervention and supports they need. “People may easily draw the conclusion that foster care leads to poor outcomes; however, it is possible that without intervention the condition of youth would be worse,” the not-for-profit Child Welfare Political Action Committee claimed in a statement. “In contrast, we believe that foster care has failed to level up those children’s life outcomes in comparison with peers who have not experienced foster care. The child protection sector must become evidence-based and aspirational to get improved. We believe that if the result of measurement is not be impacted, even innovations with the best intent are noneffective. “
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 29, 2020.
The Child Welfare system is vital for the protection of youth in disadvantaged circumstances. The redesign of this system needs to take all unsolved issues into consideration and make a strategic plan to move it forward. It should not merely be a slogan for campaign or the excuse for more votes. We should continue the research of whether the current foster system is appropriate. Furthermore, more funding should be put to develop a better environment for children.
Writer：The Canadian Press Staff