As we reflect on last year and look forward to the year ahead, we remain committed to doing work that has a positive effect on the safety and well-being of children and youth and strengthens families through partnership with our community. Over the coming year, there are two major initiatives that Peel CAS will be focusing on.
Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) – The CFSA, which currently governs Children Aid Societies, is being revised to address the changing needs of the province. The proposed Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2016 (CYFSA) is scheduled to be proclaimed in June 2017. The first major change – raising the age of protection to 18 so that all 16 and 17 year olds in need of protection have access to services – is expected in the fall. We look forward to serving these older youth who may need our support.
Child Protection Information Network (CPIN) – Peel CAS will join other Children Aid Societies and begin implementing CPIN; targeting a ‘go live” in early 2018. CPIN is a province-wide common information system for all CASs in Ontario. When fully implemented, CPIN will give workers across the province seamless access to information they need to help keep children safe. This is a major undertaking and a full project team is in place to ensure a successful implementation.
We would like to thank all those involved in building a safe and strong community for our children - our partners, foster and kin caregivers, volunteers, donors and staff who work tirelessly to ensure children are safe. We couldn’t do our work without you and look forward to an exciting year ahead.
Rav Bains, CEO, Peel CAS and Stephen Bald, President, Peel CAS Board of Directors
Did you know? In 2016/17:
- 90 % of our work was done with families in their homes
- 13,003 calls were made to Peel CAS from families, teachers, medical professionals and concerned citizens
- 10,433 families served by Peel CAS
- 7,383 investigations were conducted
- 123 foster caregivers
- 192 kinship families
- 67 adoptive families
- 425 direct service and seasonal volunteers
- 884,670 kms were driven by volunteer drivers
- 55 youth received bursaries totalling $202,000!