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child welfare

Ontario will join Manitoba and B.C. in putting an end to the use of birth alerts.
The foster agency has been in a months-long public spat with the Ontario government over its budget.
Insufficient funding is putting vulnerable children at risk, the board president says.
Agencies from Sault Ste. Marie to Brantford are laying off workers as the number of kids who need care mounts.
There is a well-known connection between teen pregnancy and child protection services.
Her children have been in protective services for 10 years.
Ontario has over 18,000 children living in care, the highest number of any province in Canada. These kids have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment and are trying to overcome past trauma in order to heal, thrive and go on to lead happy and healthy lives.
"I think it's a sad day for the nation."
The Liberal Party campaigned on the promise that if elected, they would enact a federal children's commissioner. A year and half into the government's mandate, there has been no public announcement about the appointment process.
Such deeply alarming and disturbing statistics reveal a magnitude of problems that affect a large portion of Canada's youngest citizens. But these are more than numbers. They represent children who each have a name, and whose lives and futures are diminished each day by preventable causes.
What happens to kids who authorities determine can't live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many go into foster homes, while others go into other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don't know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.
Most of what I remember was of appointments with social workers, making sure that my brother was okay, finding time to do my homework and learning how to cook, amidst other responsibilities. I did remember grandma teaching me how to fry rice with egg and how to boil noodles but I spent most of my last two years of high school living off frozen dinners every night.