Two Biggest Criminal Organizations in Canada: The Toronto and Catholic Children’s Aid Societies? Every year thousands of families become victims of the workers of the Children’s Aid Societies ferocious tactics of trafficking of children for profit. The government and the Ministry of Children and Family Services are responsible and accomplices for these committed abductions. Not to mention the violent attacks of seizure to children that cause both pain and suffering of children and parents. It is indescribable how children are subject to psychological and physically torture from the society’s workers, police, children lawyers, judges, foster parents…Traumas and destructions that children have to life for the entire lives.
Gathering race data will help children’s aid societies stop discriminatory practices: Editorial
Children’s aid societies in Ontario have agreed to collect data on the race of children and families they serve. That’s the first step to ensuring racism and discrimination don’t play any role in the scooping up of kids into care.
“There is an acknowledged disproportionality, disparity and discrimination in services provided to Black families by child welfare agencies across North America,” agency officials wrote.
The Star applauded the report at the time and called on every CAS in the province – and, indeed, the country – to follow the Toronto branch’s lead by collecting and sharing race-based data. Only then, we argued, could we begin to understand and address whatever systemic discrimination exists.
This week, some eight months later, a group representing most of Ontario’s children’s aid societies has finally agreed to do just that.
The welcome move comes a year and a half after a series of stories in the Star revealed that 42 per cent of children and youth in care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are black, despite the fact that black Torontonians comprise only 8 per cent of the city’s under-18 population. What’s more, the investigation found that once placed in care, black kids stay longer than any other group.
Star reporters Sandro Contenta, Jim Rankin and Laurie Monsebraaten also found that the problem wasn’t limited to big cities or black children. In many communities, the disproportionate placement of indigenous kids in the system is a significant cause for concern. First Nations children comprise 23 per cent of those in provincial care, while only 2.5 per cent of Ontarians under 18 are aboriginal.
Despite those disturbing statistics, and the persistent urging of Ontario’s human rights commissioner, very few children’s aid societies have been collecting data at all, never mind making them public.
That this is about to change – a consistent approach to collecting and sharing data is expected within the year – is a leap forward. Vigilance and transparency are the first steps in weeding out the often subtle discrimination that seems to tilt the system against black and aboriginal kids in a variety of ways.
Poverty is a well-established factor in placing kids in care – and this undoubtedly underlies to some extent the troubling statistics we already have. But only once we have province-wide information can we begin to determine to what extent economic factors are compounded by, say, racial profiling by police or cultural ignorance among teachers.
The power to remove a child from his or her family home is one of the state’s most disruptive and Ontarians must be assured that it is being used judiciously. Of course, children must be protected from bad situations, but so, too, must families be protected from excessive state interference due to the colour of their skin. Only now that Ontario’s children’s aid societies have agreed to shine a light on the problem, can we begin to fix it.