Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.
Dufferin Children's Aid:
Dufferin Child and Family Services. Site more promotional than
Bylaws of Dufferin Children's Aid adopted June 2002.
Proposed new bylaws March 2001.
Bylaws before June 2002.
Annual report for year ending March 31.
Door to Dufferin Children's Aid with sign.
New Dufferin Children's Aid headquarters.
Revenue Canada reports from Dufferin Children's
Aid for years 2000 through 2003. Use the first
link on the left to get a session cookie, then
return here and use the second link to get to
Dufferin Children's Aid. Go to the bottom for
Registered Charity Information Return. The same
website can be searched for all other Children's
Aid Societies in Ontario.
Family Transition Place, a shelter for battered
women. Many women have lost their children
while sheltered at FTP.
Ontario Children's Aid:
List of children's aid societies in Ontario.
Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies,
contains statistics for all of Ontario.
OACAS lobbyist registration.
This is a copy of the service agreement between the Children's Aid
Society of Ottawa and its two supervising ministries. It was acquired
in May 2010 by John Dunn as part of his years of litigation endeavoring
to reform the society. The pdf version is what he got, we translated
it to html for better indexing.
Child and Family Services Review Board.
Following diclosure in the press of sexual abuse in Quinte foster
homes, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services conducted this
operational review of the Prince Edward Children's Aid Society. It is
also available as a photocopy
In April 2007 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services announced two
publications, Child Protection Standards in Ontario
Ontario Child Protection Tools Manual
. That in addition to the
mandatory Eligibility Spectrum
prescribe the actions of child
protectors in Ontario. In case the documents change with fashion, here
are local copies of Standards
(all pdf). In the bland
language of bureaucracy the tools document contains instructions for
forced drugging and shotgun divorce.
Child protection standards, Ministry of Children and Youth
Services. John F Dunn: I tried to tell the Ministry once
that a CAS was not complying with the Standards and they said we
don't enforce them and that they are merely guidelines
Ontario's child advocate has assembled a list of rights for
children in care. Children have the right to see a lawyer, but
not their mother and father. In case the website changes, here
is the same material in pdf form:
Ontario government website of licensed childcare facilities in the
Webpage that is the source of the previous standards.
Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
Protocol for Access and Disclosure of Information between
the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Office of
the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.
Jeanette Lewis is a registered lobbyist on
behalf of the Ontario Association of Children's
Contact information for staff of the Ministry of
Children and Youth Services.
The Eligibility Spectrum determines whether you
are eligible for the service of having your
Regulations governing use of the risk assessment
tool. This tool is subjective. According to an
insider, when a caseworker wants to keep a case
going she fills out a bad assessment. When she
wants to get rid of the case, she fills out a
(pdf) Blueprint for efforts to eliminate the
court process for accused parents. The examples
are fictionalized, preventing critics from
verifying the data.
(pdf) First Report of the Pediatric Death Review Committee.
This report by a committee of social workers, police and
physicians purports to disclose facts about deaths of children
in Ontario, but lumps data so that the most important question
cannot be answered -- are children safer in foster care? Only
two charts relate to deaths of children with open CAS files, but
the numbers have no meaning since the number (or proportion) of
children with open files is not given. In 1630 deaths, there is
not a single named child. In case the OACAS withdraws the
report, here is our local copy
Auditor General's report on Community and Social
Services. Near the end it gives the
reimbursement rates for the various kinds of
care. In case it disappears from the web, here
is the Auditor General's
A client of Durham CAS provided this copy of the adhesion
agreement parents are required to sign to visit their
Foster Parent Manual, York Region CAS.
Foster Care Handbook from Guelph/Wellington CAS.
Only the parts relating to payments to foster
parents are included.
Caregivers Handbook, from Simcoe CAS (Barrie).
(pdf) Region of Peel Child Abuse Investigation
Protocol. Dufferin must be similar, but their
protocol is not online. Here are the vague and
conflicting standards for judging families. You
have to wonder what kind of people work for CAS
when you see that one indicator of sexual abuse
is "pain in throat, difficulty swallowing".
Protocol between school board, police service and the
Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society.
Protocol between Waterloo children's aid and the police. Most is
blotted out in the freedom of information request. Anyone with a
better copy is invited to forward it to fixcas.
A pdf document giving the procedures used by
professionals investigating child protection
cases. The protocol is common to 11 categories
of agencies in eight eastern Ontario counties.
It cites US statistics as justification for its
policies. Perhaps we are also justified in
using US statistics in refutation.
Among the reasons to suspect sexual abuse are
"pain or itching in genital area" and
"unwillingness to change clothing for physical
education class", things that can, and often do,
occur for causes unrelated to sexual abuse.
Another is "sophisticated sexual knowledge
beyond the normal expectations for the child's
age", an area where some parents deliberately
educate their children to enable them to ward
The following policy concerns confidentiality
Normally, the Children's Aid Society will
withhold the name of the reporting individual.
Under the CFSA Part (8), once proclaimed, the
individual or family has the right to review
their file upon request. In these cases, the
CAS will 'white-out' the referral source and
other third party information prior to the
client reviewing the file. However, the
reporter's name cannot be kept confidential
where their evidence is required for the
police investigation or if the case enters
either the criminal or child protection Court
This policy results in police taking children
from a parent, but refusing to disclose the
reason for the action, denying an ancient
principle of law that the accused has a right to
know the charges against him. It also results
in tragedy when a parent assaults a person
wrongly suspected of being the snitch.
Appendix XII contains a synopsis of the
The original web address was:
The use your voice site has content that varies from year to
year. The 2008 revelations feature the four foster kids of the
apocalypse: sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and
(pdf) Advice from OACAS to teachers caught in a child protection
(pdf) Manual for CAS board members published by the OACAS in 1975.
Ontario Laws and Regulations:
Child and Family Services Act (760k bytes)
Libel and Slander Act
Procedures for obtaining digital audio recordings of court hearings.
The hoop jumping is endless, as is the list of restrictions.
Guidelines for Expunction Hearings. This document, obtained
through freedom of information, gives the rules for getting your
name off the Child Abuse Registry.
Reported Dufferin court cases
Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee. Ontario judges are
appointed by the lieutenant governor on recommendation of the
attorney general, who must make his selection from a list
supplied by this committee of six legal professionals and seven
laymen, all appointed by the attorney general.
Interprovincial Protocol. This shows how
children who escape to another province will be
Tips for lawyers litigating CAS cases from Legal Aid Ontario.
Three legal research memos from Legal Aid Ontario. These are
helpful to anyone litigating on behalf of himself or a client.
- Crown Wardship and Parental Access
- Crown Wardship and Inter-Sibling Access
- Duty of the Children's Aid Society to Assess a Father's Plan of Care
In this decision by the Ontario Information and Privacy
Commissioner, Children's Aid Societies are exempt from
requirements to disclose information under the Freedom of
Information Act. The local CAS was ruled independent, not part
of the Ministry. The relevant portions of the decision by
Mumtaz Jiwan are in the second half of the document.
Here is another decision, this time on employees of CAS. The
Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal decided the CAS staff is employed
not by the local CAS, but by the Ministry.
This study document was the justification for the revisions to
the Child and Family Services Act enacted in 1999 (link below).
The same document is available as a photocopy
(pdf). Comments on the study
The revised Child and Family Services Act, enacted in 1999,
weakened most of the defenses against Children's Aid. In the
debate all three parties supported the bill. Amendments to
better protect Indians were defeated. Janet Ecker, then
Minister of Community and Social Services, spoke in favor.
Sandra Pupatello, later the Minister of Children and Youth
Services, suggested that efforts to take children into foster
care were supportive of families. She quoted many social
workers, but no parents. To thwart public debate, the entire
legislative process was squeezed into this one session, averting
a prorogue when an election writ was issued two days
Case Information Disclosure Policy. This document, acquired
through a freedom of information request, is still in force as
of 2012, though it is dated 1985. It governs release of
information by Ontario's children's aid socieites. Here is the
Ontario Coroner list of pending inquests.
Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty contains
ringing phrases promoting child welfare. The word father does
not appear at all, and mother appears just once: "To ensure
appropriate pre-natal and post-natal health care for mothers".
The word parent appears 36 times, but always subject to the
restriction "best interest of the child". "States Parties"
(governments) have primary authority over children, delegating
some responsibility to parents.
Provincial/Territorial Protocol On Children and Families Moving
Between Provinces and Territories Consolidation as of December
15, 2006. This document provides for cooperation between
Canadian provinces to return children from fleeing families to
their child protector of origin. In the Orwellian terminology,
forceful return of a child is not called extradition but
"repatriation service". Forcible return is not available for
children taken from one parent by the other, only for children
taken from both parents in the name of protection.
Canada Revenue Agency. From this site, find information,
including financial statements, of any charity in Canada. For
example, Dufferin CAS
Revenue Canada contributes $286.33 per child month to children
in agency care. For Ontario's 18,000 foster children that is
$60 million per year supplementary reimbursement (or
The Sparrow Lake Alliance comprises the elite of the
multi-disciplinary child protection industry in Ontario. This
ms-word document is important not for its text, but for the
membership list. The second link gives the membership only in
The Child Welfare League of America is the trade association for
the child protection industry. The link is to its Canadian
National Data Analysis System, by the Child Welfare League of
Child Welfare Resource Centre, for Canadian
Voices for Children
This is the source for some documents supporting
the social services system.
Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect clinic of the
Hospital for Sick Children.
National Youth in Care Network, purportedly
advocates for foster children, actually a group
staffed by social work professionals and funded
by government, directly or through
Booby trap for troubled kids. The directors of
this organization are the upper crust of
Canadian industry, well insulated from knowledge
of activities at the operational level.
The National Judicial Institute (NJI) trains
judges to decide cases in conformance to
policies kept secret from the public — it
claims immunity from freedom of information
laws. A sanitized version of its agenda appears
on its website.
This website advocates expansion of the role of lawyers at the
expense of parents. The two opening paragraphs on the homepage
contain all the social worker buzzwords (in addition to smiling
faces): child welfare, abuse and neglect, protection, support,
multidisciplinary approach, advocates, benefit. Here is a local
copy of A Child's Right to Counsel
(12 megabytes, pdf).
Ontario chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation
Courts. Depending on your outlook this is either a professional
association to promote the interests of children, or a form of
collusion among professionals to destroy families.
Child protectors show great sensitivity to the
emotional needs of children when it suits their
purposes. But they have no sensitivity when
advertising their wards for adoption.
Marketplace for adoptions. Horrified parents
have found their own children hawked
Master index of US photo adoption websites.
Similar list for Canada, requires registration.
Featured adoptable child by the Ministry of
Children and Youth Services.
Eastern Ontario adoption market.
List of licensed adoption agencies in
List of donors who contribute to children's aid
List of psychiatric disorders diagnosed in childhood. There are
so many that every child can be stigmatized.
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect, part of the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
Former home of Dr Dirk Huyer and ally of the now infamous Dr Charles Smith.
Ontario government website to humiliate fathers delinquent in
child support. Not many of them look like they have the earning
capacity to support two households. Click on [Show All
Profiles] at the bottom of the target page.
(flv) Sales pitch for child welfare software.
Discussion board established by ex-CAS worker.
Child Protection Worker Selection Test. Find out if you are qualified
to be a baby snatcher. This can be passed by anybody who answers
questions assuming authority is always benevolent.
Child Welfare Dynamic Report System (for California). A computer gives
you a report on the number of California foster children in various
categories. Will the computer read the kids their bedtime story?
Blogger Jay recounts the joy of giving a baby to an adoptive couple,
while overlooking the horror of the real parents. We wonder how she
would feel if her own baby, expected on September 21, was to be taken
away to provide joy for a pair of strangers.
Andrew Vachss, a former social worker, has
assembled a large list of web resources
supportive of the child protection
When a social worker takes a child from its
mother, who needs sympathy and support for the
resulting emotional turmoil? Why it's the
social worker! Read how they cope with their
ordeals, and also get the social worker's side
of the coercive tactics used to get mothers to
give up their children, in this pdf format
report from Wilfred Laurier University.
Ipsos-Reid says 61% of Canadians think
Children's Aid does a good job, but 30% don't
The Department of Justice, Canada, has a
description of Trafficking in Persons that
applies perfectly to the operation of Children's
Aid. In psychiatric jargon this is called