The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is conducting a review of The Child and Family Services Act and is seeking input from families as well as service partners.
The Child and Family Services Act is a foundational piece of legislation. It governs many of the province's programs and services for children and youth, including child welfare, youth justice, mental health, adoption finalized in Ontario and the licensing of children's residential services. This legislation is reviewed on a five-year cycle, and participating in the review is an opportunity to help improve outcomes and services for children, youth and families across the province.
As a ministry, we are committed to supporting children and youth and to creating opportunities for their voices to be heard. This review is also a platform for children, youth and families to tell the ministry how services can be improved and identify gaps or challenges within the current system. The 2015 review will focus on how the Child and Family Services Act could be improved to meet the current and emerging needs of children, youth and families. Between now and December, the ministry will also work closely with Aboriginal communities, partners and service organizations to review specific provisions in the act.
Details on regional engagement sessions and written submissions will be available on the ministry's website, along with a discussion guide that includes information about the Child and Family Services Act and questions to help inform your feedback. A report on the findings will be available on the ministry's website in April 2015. We are confident the findings from this review will help improve the services funded or provided by the ministry. We look forward to hearing from our partners, our families and all Ontarians.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
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