Letters From Viewers & Visitors

 

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May 9, 2013
From: Brenda Legrow-Louiseize
Subject: continue your project
Message: I think what you are doing is amazing work and you should continue recording stories, I feel this project sheds light on how people are affected, and what changes need to be made within Childrens Aid Society across Canada. You should continue your project until something is done, changes are made. I have had so many run ins with CAS, some warranted but mostly ones that were not. I have had good workers and awful workers and after becoming a Personal Support Worker I learned about responsible reporting, and I am not shy about reporting if it is a must however a lot f people abuse it just to get back at someone or because they are jealous.. its like they don’t realize the stress and harm it does, one thing that CAS should have is if people make a call they HAVE to give their info, a worker should meet them FACE to FACE and if its proven false then that person should have consequences. Prisoner’s have more rights than we do, CAS should have to prove us UNFIT not us prove that we are good parents. CAS should utilize Personal support workers who are trained to help families, kids, mothers with parenting skills if that’s a concern, give the parent a chance to learn WHAT to do. CAS needs to stop thinking everything works like a book because that’s not reality, a lot of these workers have NO kids of their own, no real experience in child rearing but yet tell us how to raise our children, we should have access to our files whenever we request them. Court papers when a child is apprehended show every call ever made about you, it shouldn’t, if it has nothing to do with the concern on hand and it was already investigated by them and closed then it should stay closed, they use it as a way to convince a judge that you are a bad person, its sickening!! They also need to stop mistreating women who are in or coming out of domestic abuse situations, I have been there and they victimized me more than my abuser, they traumatized my son more than my abuser,”I had already broke up with him, got into counselling for abused women because I needed support in order to stay away from him, CAS went to my sons school on a call from someone I know but had no association with because someone else told her I was my ex, they interviewed my son alone, did not record it, twisted his words. He at first did not want to talk to the worker and she said if he didn’t that he wouldn’t be able to come home to me, that they would take him. They threatened my son with the one thing that frightened him most! They broke their guidelines and policies because a child can refuse to speak to them and they cannot do anything about it nor  take a kid for refusing. Anyways, they showed up at my home with 2 police officers, my ex was not there, he did not even live with me anyways and yet the police treated me like a criminal and kept being jumpy that he was going to show up or something, kept harassing me like I knew when he was coming over which he wasn’t at all. When my sons godfather, a long time friend of mine who was staying with me came back to my home, they treated him like a criminal. He told the worker that my ex didn’t live there and that I had broken it off with him, that he was staying there in case my ex were to show up and cause trouble(my ex had walked through the restraining order before and assaulted me in another apartment that I had moved away from) so the worker said to just to make sure my son was safe for me to sign and allow him to go to my moms until the danger passed as there was concern he would do the same thing again, I agreed to this, she said he would be bake in a couple weeks, no longer than a month depending on what happened, she wanted to make sure he was safe and that I really had ended it (I had).. once they had my son at my moms they told me I could call and see him as much as I wanted as long as my mom was ok with it. This was an added stress on her, not only having a heartbroken child in her home, a child that I am extremely close with but the stress of worry for me and my safety. CAS then told me if I wanted to have my son back I would have to move to my parents in a town that had nothing to offer me, to struggle to even be able to support my child and I refused, I have moved to Sudbury and was about to start school, something I couldn’t do in my parents town, an opportunity I had been working towards and waiting for months to accomplish. I worked hard to have a nice place, my son loved it there, I knew this couldn’t be right. The worker then informed me that I would not get my son back as she had said before I signed a kinship release. So not backing down and allowing myself to be bullied, I got a lawyer and we took back my permission of a kinship release as it was gotten with lies by the worker, now CAS had to either give me my son back or take me to court. I got court papers at 8pm the day before court, not enough time to even take them to the lawyer and file a response. The Judge did not like that one bit, my lawyer was awesome and showed the judge the lies in those papers as they said I was lying to them about my relationship with my ex but in the next sentence said I was very forthcoming and honest, well how can you lie and tell the truth at the same time He brought up how the worker lied to me in order to obtain my permission for a kinship release, how my mother thought this was unfair and my son should be returned, what I had put in place myself, with no help from CAS to help my situation… the Judge said to work with me to return my son and unfortunitally the actual trial wasn’t set until after the summer session… I would be at my parents 90% of the time, I bought food for my son, I paid for anything he needed, I also paid for my way to my parents and back every time.. CAS told my mom she should sign some paper in order to get my child tax credit, and that I should pay child support to her as she had asked the worker for some money to buy my son some summer clothing, the CAS never helped out money wise, I DID!! When court started, I suddenly got a new worker, she wasn’t that bad and was pretty helpful and understanding but I got tired of having to always travel, the situation caused more stress with my relationship with my mother that was already strained to begin with. the worker then would bring my son for a day visit once a week.. it was so heartbreaking to only see him once a week because of the rift between my mom and me and I used to go there all the time. AS the court date got closer, suddenly I got him over night then for a weekend.. I knew I was going to win but I didn’t see why it had to take 4 months in total, I was becoming frustrated and I made a call to my workers supervisor.. my worker took it in stride and told me that if I hadn’t taken my permission away for the kinship and started a court proceeding then she could have returned my son a lot sooner.. I just looked at her and told her, if I hadn’t done that then I would have still had the same worker who lied to me to get my permission in the first place and I wouldn’t have gotten him and that they judge and my lawyer both told me that they could return my son before the trial date so maybe she better look into that. a few days after that, about week before school started and we had the trial, she called me and asked how soon could I be ready for my sons return, I laughed and said this second, I had a home, food and school supplies and clothes(I bought them but hadn’t given them to my mom yet) she said she was returning him that day… I cannot express the unbelievable release, nor the wonder of knowing your child is going to be with you, that you made it through as a family and you won.. but CAS didn’t have to deal with the after effects they caused by that trauma, the fear and resentment and pure anger these children feel. We made it through though and I thank God everyday. PLEASE keep your work going, please reconsider it at least, I don’t think you know how important it really is. thank you.

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October 17, 2011
From: Las Vegas
Subject: Foster Care Nightmare in Las Vegas Nevada!
Message: Hello, Please review Darcy Spears Expose’ on Foster Care Nightmare here in Las Vegas Nevada. Here are the links to part one and part two.
http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/130394043.html
http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/130394563.html

As a result of her story families are reaching out to speak of their experiences. Eerily all similar.
Here is a link of a few of us speaking out in front of the Clark County Commissioners Meeting.

We are now over 300 signatures on the petition! I am hoping for thousands more!
http://www.change.org/petitions/department-of-family-services-do-no-harm

We are in desperate need of media and public attention on this. Children are suffering greatly at the hands of the system. The DFS is able to hide behind the veil of privacy laws and are accountable to no one! Motivated by millions in Federal Funding! This is a great travesty that we are allowing to happen to the children, our most precious resource. I, for one, can not stand by and allow more children to suffer at their hands.
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I have been spreading your awesome documentary every where possible! To my elected officials also! Thank you for what you are doing! Thank you!

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October 12, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject: speaking out
Message: I cannot express my gratitude enough for the creation of this project. I wish I was able to tell my story, but I am raising my daughter and do not wish to earn the scrutiny or attention of the child welfare authorities. They truly are, as powerful as god, and I live for the day, I will no longer live in fear. Thank you, on behalf of my parents, myself and children, who were brutally abused and scarred because of this system.

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October 7, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject: Thank you!
Message : I would just like to start by saying thank-you! FINALLY someone has made a video that puts the point of view from the “other side of the fence”. I was a Crown Ward of the CAS in Toronto, ON from the time I was 13-21. There is a lot going on in my situation and I am now a parent who is desperately fighting to keep my two young children from becoming Crown Wards themselves. After watching this video, I decided that I need to spread the word about what is happening to me (because it is unjust, unfair and absolutely disgusting) and post a link on my FaceBook account for the video. I opened up to everyone I know and added that this is more or less what is happening to me. I am at the end of my rope and devastated as to what to do. I really need some help and someone to talk to/turn to and don’t know where to go. Again, thank you so very much for the production of this documentary, and if there is anything you may be able to help me with, PLEASE do not hesitate in doing so!

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October 5, 2011
From: Ontario
Message : Maybe if these clients spent less time being movie stars and more time doing their drug screens they would have gotten their kids back. Love the ex worker that was fired for theft.


(There were no former workers in the documentary who were fired by CAS, for theft or anything else. This letter is an important example of how baseless accusations destroy the lives of vulnerable children, while causing irreparable damage to families and communities. This letter also demonstrates why workers are fearful of speaking out, lest someone who opposes their position levy a false accusation against them. – EB)

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October 1, 2011
From: British Columbia
Subject:
Message: Thank you for making this documentary on the child protection industry. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. We have exactly the same problem in BC. As you have already known, special interests whose livelihood depends on state-sponsored child removal will fight back vigorously. There is structural corruption. Service providers have strong influence, if not direct control, on politicians. Do NOT underestimate the power and the resolve of your enemies. Keep up the good work.
Thank you.
See http://www.pa-pa.ca/flaws.html

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September 29, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject: hello
Message: If there is some way to have someone govern over CAS, other than their secret society, that would be great … They have taken 4 of my children, and I have only one with me. The biggest thing that gets me upset is that when my ex spouse beat me and my daughter up, CAS worked with my ex to place her into his care…

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September 19, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject: your wonderful film
Message : I was fortunate to be present last evening at the theatre for the launching of your documentary. It is an important film, which everyone in Ontario should see before voting in October. Anyone who has children or is a foster parent should know the power of the Children’s Aid. I was fortunate to know “Daniel” who was referred to in your film and I weep for him and pray for him every day.

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September 19, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject : your movie on the CAS
Message : Thank God you have done this Movie I hope it helps stop CAS abuse

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September 18, 2011
From: Northern Ontario
Subject:
Message:
Wow, you are actually made it , I didn’t think it was possible. Yes, there are many former workers and clients that will come out and talk about what they have gone thru with CAS. More Powerful than God that is what they think, but they are human beings just like you.

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September 18, 2011
From: Ontario
Message: Can I please get a copy of the cas video .. that was awsome i would like to get some copies to pass out please

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September 17, 2011
From: Ontario
Message: Message : The C.A.S. destroyed my family. The story is too long to type. I even went bankrupt fighting them.

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September 17, 2011
Subject : movie
Message : Thank you for your courage to make this film, it was long over due. CAS is corrupt, and many many families are horribly torn apart. May God Bless You and help you get this out and make CAS accountable for their actions.

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September 14, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject: As Powerful As God
Message: I am one of those voices that was silenced by fear. I am now 60 and still learning to have a voice, tell my truth. The Children’s Aid Society experience has so coloured my life, that I am still finding out what it means to “tell the truth”. Sometimes, when I can only get out part of what it is I am trying to articulate, I am accused of hiding, or not telling the truth. I can only tell what it is I discover, I can only say what comes to me in those “ah ha” moments. I am still processing, still healing. Much of what I experienced is as horrible or worse than what I experienced born into poverty as a Torontonian.

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September 11, 2011
From: Ontario
Subject: re: links on Blakout.ca
Message : I have been a Child Protection reform advocate for nearly 9 years. John Dunn, founder of Foster Care Council of Canada gave me my start & my case against the Crown for returned custody/access of my 3 children. I am a not so unique dynamic in Ontario but my case is unique in it’s lawlessness & the fact it set 2 recorded legal precedents. I am trying to document my case & post links to legal research tools & other resources.
See: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Child-Protection-Reform/192146084178942

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August 25, 2011
From: Alberta
Subject : Crimes Against Children
Message: Dear Ms. Buckareff:
Here is a Canadian Precedent Setting Story about Government Bullying, Silencing, Oppression and so forth that is currently underway.

http://crcvc.ca/en/?cat=26

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August 22, 2011
From: Newfoundland
Subject: took 2 and left 3, apparently im fit to “handle” 3, but not 5?

Message: http://youtu.be/GTAOhNbWsFs

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3 Responses to Letters From Viewers & Visitors

  1. There are so many families here in Ontario, the children are abused by the Children’s Aid of Ontario, they facilitate abuse, the family law and the family services facilitate abuse to our children. Facilitating child abusers and paedophiles, children alienation, no accountabilities on false claims of abuse, .. the list goes on. What case actually prospered out of the hands of CAS, I wonder where I am,  is this here Canada Dr. Mengele Ontario ?

    how long will we look on until we make a chance happening ?  This ignorance and intolerance to our families, our children  the pain we as parents and family, friends  have to endure?

    the abuse is ongoing against all involved and the keep on practising it as they know 
    it is failing and false.

  2. ontario says:

    What about the “good” experiences? I’m not in support of CAS; nor am I against them. There are flaws to every system and of course things that should be done differently. The funding formula needs to change…BUT are you prepared for the impact that will have on your tax dollars? Or what if we take away CAS…what about the children who are enduring horrific abuse at home…should they be denied an opportunity to survive and be safe?!?!? Social Workers are not monsters! They are limited in what they can and cannot do — they are limited by all of you – think next time you vote!!!

    • Of course there are good experiences in child welfare as well. This documentary is not focused on fixing what is not broken. It is as far as I can tell, focused on fixing what is broken in the system. An Ombudsman report does not waste pages on all the good things the government is doing. It’s job is to focus on the problems, try to work out resolutions and publicly report them. I see this documentary as being very similar to that.

      Does it mean that CAS should be abolished? No. As you said, CAS needs to be there. But why not separate the apprehension aspects and have CAS deal with services and have the police deal with apprehensions and enforcement so there are no conflicts of interest, since Ministers have publicly stated (On Hansard) that there are financial incentives to CAS for increasing the number of adoptions each year and since the funding formula does include funding per child.

      There are many other issues aside from money issues in CAS. I don’t personally like to focus on the per-head funding but instead tend to focus on wasted resources, abuse of power, lack of fairness, and personal power struggles between workers and parents using children as pawns.

      Sometimes all you have to do is show a family how to file a motion and their entire situation changes. The courts make decisions based on the best interest of the child (sometimes) and sometimes when families use the courts (with really gung-ho or interested lawers) or on their own, without a lawyer, they win their motions or part of them and are at least given access to their kids again, and sometimes more.

      There should be an office in the court specifically for CAS cases that families can go into (like a duty counsel) who helps them fill out forms they need, advice, and all that they need to do what they have a right to so such as filing motions, properly responding to CAS applications and more.

      Waste of money? No, since CAS use lawyers all the time for cases which do not require children to be apprehended. The Ontario Courts have pamphlets that even state that CAS can take kids because a mom is a teen, and, especially if the mom was in the CAS herself as a child or youth. This is blatant descrimination and is accepted by the courts and the government?!? The pamphlet is even funded by the Ontario Government.

      This documentary will hopefully reach the right people and they will take time to pause and think. Hopefully…