Changes in Child Welfare
The changes that are being implemented in child welfare agencies (the Transformation Agenda) are based on changes to provincial legislation that came about as a result of the proclamation of Bill 210 on November 30, 2006, which amended the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA).
Over the past years, child welfare agencies have been preparing for and implementing changes based on extensive consultation between the Ministry and the child welfare field. These changes focus on developing strategies to achieve better outcomes for children and youth who need our help, including:
- More flexible services when families and children are referred to child welfare agencies, as well as during the assessment process – the front end of our work
- A strategy to reduce court delays and encourage alternatives to court
- A broader range of care options for children and youth, which support long-term and permanent homes
Permanency Planning Options - More permanent placement options for children will increase opportunities for effectively caring for children and supporting families, and build strength and capacity in resource families and in the child’s care team. Learn more...
Kinship Service and Kinship Care - Child welfare agencies work with the child’s immediate and extended family and the community to establish a permanent home for a child in care. There are two options for care with respect to placement with kin: Kinship Service (Out of Care) and Kinship Care (In care). Learn more...