LOCAL CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY IN A TOUGH SPOT
Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo has been under a great deal of media scrutiny in the past year. The attention was due to the agency being over budget by $2.5 million. The Record discussed the issue in this article: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/2613976-layoffs-group-homes-to-close-as-family-and-children-s-services-fights/
The C.A.S. administration responded by laying-off at least 20 employees, and eliminating causal worker positions. http://www.therecord.com/news-story/2620683-more-cuts-to-child-protection-agency/
The local F and C.S. is in a difficult position because three children have died while in the F and C.S.’s care in the last three years. Details about this history can be found here: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/2621464-province-audits-region-s-financially-strapped-child-welfare-agency/ It is perfectly understandable that the F and C.S. wants to be more thorough to prevent future deaths. Also, as the article discussed, these deaths made citizens more likely to contact F and C.S. if abuse was observed. All of these reports have to be investigated.
Unfortunately, while the F and C.S. receives more pressure to do more, the Auditor criticizes F and C.S. for too much intervention. An article about the audit can be found here:
In defence of the Ontario government, it has agreed to make up the budget shortfall for last year. Details of that decision can be found here: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/2625407-family-and-children-s-services-deficit-eliminated-thanks-to-government-funding/
Perhaps the only solution is for more people to do volunteer work at F and C.S. The application form can be found here: https://secure.facswaterloo.org/VolunteerReg/volunteerapplication.php