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Title: Preparing for Transformation

Vision of the Ministry of Children and Youth
  • Vision An Ontario where all children and youth
    have the best opportunity to succeed and reach
    their full potential

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Focused on achieving the following out-comes for
    children and youth in general
  • Ontarios Children and Youth are
  • Safe from harm
  • Valued, involved responsible
  • Healthy active
  • Economically secure.
  • Ready to learn at all ages

Child Welfare Secretariat Transformation Agenda
  • Differential Response
  • Permanency Strategy
  • Court Processes
  • Accountability Research/Outcomes
  • Single Information System
  • Multi-year Funding Approach

Whats New?
Implementing TransformationProvincial Activities
  • Bill 210 at Committee Royal Assent by the end of
    March, Proclamation October 2006
  • Regulations to support the legislation now under
  • Field Implementation of new legislation scheduled
    for the Fall 2006

Bill 210 What is different?
  • Overall purpose is to make the legislative
    changes necessary to enable transformation
  • Measures enabling Kinship Care
  • place of safety definition
  • Supervisory terms can apply to a family or
    community member
  • Custody Orders
  • Measures relating to Adoption
  • Openness orders
  • Complaints Procedure

Provincial ActivitiesDifferential Response
  • Test Drive of new Safety Assessment, Risk
    Assessment, Family Reunification Assessment
    completed in December 2005
  • New Family Strength and Needs Assessment being
  • Changes to Eligibility Spectrum Family Violence
  • Implementation with new legislation and

Provincial ActivitiesPillars of Permanence
  • SAFE
  • Structured Analysis Family Evaluation
  • January 2006 for Adoption home studies
  • Standardizes assessment for private/public
  • Use for Adoption/Foster Care Resources
  • Full implementation by April 2007

Provincial ActivitiesPillars of Permanence
  • PRIDE Implement by April 07
  • Parent Resources for Information Development
  • Competency based model for the development/support
    of foster and adoptive families
  • Structured Framework for recruitment, selection,
    training of resource families

Provincial ActivitiesPillars of Permanence
  • OnLAC Looking After Children
  • Assessment for all children in care gt1yr.
  • Assesses childs progress across 7 dimensions.
    Annual AAR.
  • Digital Pen Pilot.

Pillars of Permanence
  • SAFE
  • A common approach to
  • Assessment and training of caregivers and
  • a model for case planning for children and youth

Pillars of Permanence
Kinship and Customary Care
  • Kinship Care Regulations underway
  • ANCFSAO Customary Care Project with chiefs of
    Ontario and MCYS
  • PRIDE pre-service and SAFE home study tools to be
    adapted for Kin families
  • Kinship Care Symposium will be held April 06.

Provincial Initiatives
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bill 210 provides for use of ADR before and
    during court proceedings
  • Legal representation for the child would be
    provided as soon as ADR is proposed
  • Mediation Reference Group now working on policy
    for all aspects of mediation

Provincial Initiatives
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Contd
  • Agencies encouraged to develop other forms of ADR
    locally Family Centred Conferencing, Talking
    Circles etc.
  • FCS developing comprehensive conferencing model
    supported by Block 2 Funding

Provincial Activities
  • Single Information System
  • SIS Contract with IBM signed
  • 10 Working Groups established for Business
    Process Review
  • Working Groups meet January - May 2006
  • Design phase of new SIS June - December 2006
  • Timiskaming, Simcoe and Renfrew agencies will
    pilot SIS from January-June 2007

Provincial Activities
  • Accountability/Research
  • Accountability Framework by Spring 2006.
  • Linking Child Welfare and the Childrens Service
    System in Ontario
  • Increasing access to services for child welfare
    clients in the community
  • Community capacity building Consultation in
  • Development of Research and Outcomes Measurement
  • Provincial Grant-In Aid Funding
  • Agency funded to develop 3 proposals

Provincial ActivitiesMulti Year Funding Approach
  • 2005/06 Year-end ForecastsChild Welfare

Net Expenditure Forecast 39,678,011
Less CW Funding Model Allocation 39,302,679
Deficit Sub-total 375,332
Less Transformation (Block 2) Funding 375,332
Net Deficit/Surplus Forecast 0
2005/06 Year End ForecastsChild Welfare
  • Service Volumes - Change from 2003/04 Baseline

Total Investigations (5.2)
Ongoing Services (7.0)
Children in Care (11.9)
Foster Homes Available (13.5)
Home Studies (Foster Adoption) (14.3)
Paid Days of Care (14.5)
Looking Ahead to 2006/07
  • Ministry has approved multi-year financial
    service planning for Child Welfare.
  • Child Welfare transformation policies, Bill 210
    and related regulations will be rolled out by
    Ministry during 2006/07.
  • Funding Model and Multi year Results Based
    Planning process will evolve as transformation

Looking Ahead to 2006/07 contd
  • Senior Management now developing service volume
    and financial forecasts for 2006/07, and planning
    amounts for 2 years thereafter.
  • Service Volume declines since 2003/04 could
    reduce Waterloo FCS funding in 06/07 by 3.7
  • Savings actioned already would reduce this impact
    to 2.2 Million.

Looking Ahead to 2006/07 contd
  • Ministry will be providing 32.8 Million for
    implementation of Transformation province wide in
    2006/07 targeted to specific policy areas.
  • Transformation allocations to agencies likely to
    happen in two phases during April and October

How Provincial Transformationfits with Agency

FCS Guiding Principles under-lying Model of
Service Directions
  • To increase availability and accessibility of
    programs which strengthen the capacity of parents
    to care well for their children and which enhance
    the development of children,
  • To increase service to families by agreement and
    reduce court ordered intervention,
  • To enable children in the care of the agency to
    reach their full potential.

FCS Guiding Principles under-lying Model of
Service Directions
  • Balancing Child Safety with Community Based
    Service Provision
  • Range of Responses/Services for Children and
    Families with family, community, other service
    providers, in care, adoption
  • Focus on Permanence across the spectrum

Model of Service

Community-Based Services
  • Program Description
  • designed to increase the availability and
    accessibility of programs and supports to
    children families
  • Services include a range of evidence-based
    parenting programs, evidence-based childrens
    programs, workshops and community resources
  • delivered in collaboration with community
    partners including Ontario Early Years Centres,
    Childrens Mental Health Services, Childrens
    Developmental Services and local Community

Community-Based Services
  • Current Locations
  • Kitchener Cambridge Early Years Centres
  • 3 Cambridge Community Centres
  • Langs Farm,
  • Christopher Champlain and
  • Greenway Chaplin
  • 3 Kitchener Community Centres
  • Chandler Mowat,
  • Centreville Chicopee and
  • Courtland-Shelley

Community-Based Services
  • Target Clientele
  • At risk community clients reside in the
    catchment area of the community centre in which
    the program is being offered.
  • Referred clients open to protection at the
    Intake level.
  • Child Welfare clients open to protection at the
    Ongoing/Family Service level.

Core Features of Service
  • Offered in community hubs such as Ontario Early
    Years Centres and various Community Centres
    across the Region.
  • To increase service to families by agreement and
    reduce court ordered intervention.

Core Features of Service
  • Rationale (Contd)
  • Support families in a non-stigmatizing,
    community-based setting.
  • Families will have increased exposure/access to a
    broad range of supports and services, i.e., NCB
    outreach workers, food security programs,
    clothing exchanges, counselling, public health,
    mental health services, addiction services, etc.

Core Features of Service
  • Rationale (Contd)
  • Engaging families with the broader community and
    increasing their social support network
    contributes to a more comprehensive and
    sustainable intervention
  • This is particularly important when working with
    families who present with more chronic and
    multi-layered problems associated with neglect,
    exposure to domestic violence and socio-economic
  • Children more visible in the community.

Core Features of Service
  • Delivered in collaboration with community
    partners including staff from Ontario Early Years
    Centre, Childrens Mental Health services,
    Childrens Developmental Services, House of
    Friendship and local community centres etc.

Core Features of Service
  • Rationale
  • Collaborative relationships with community
    partners will provide a more integrated service
    for families, develop stronger interagency
    networks and foster a collective responsibility
    and involvement in child protection.

Core Features of Service
  • Rationale (Contd)
  • Personalized group pre-screening process by group
    facilitators will help to promote relationship
    building with participants and provide an
    opportunity to identify each clients unique
    challenges strengths thereby increasing
    clients ability to engage and benefit from
    services and programs.
  • Shared costs/resources/staffing contributes to
    sustainability of programs.

Core Features of Service
  • Evidence-based Programs
  • Rationale
  • Offering interventions based on program models
    that are grounded in research and have been
    evaluated with proven/known outcomes with similar
    populations significantly improves our ability
    to achieve positive outcomes with families.

Make the Connection 1 Parents their infants under 12 months This enjoyable program combines parent-baby activities, parent discussion and personalized video feedback. Find out ways to help your baby feel close to you and discover her/his world! Langs Farm Community Centre Cambridge Courtland Shelley Community Centre Kitchener Monday 100-300pm Jan 16/06-March 20/06   Monday 100-300pm Jan 16/06-March 20/06
Make the Connection 2 Parents their toddlers 12 months to 2 years This interactive program includes parent-toddler activities, parent discussion and personalized video feedback. Learn about helping your toddler to feel secure, connect with other children, setting limits with love and more! Christopher Champlain Community Centre Cambridge  Kitchener Early Years Centre   Tuesday 915-1115am Jan 31/06-Apr 4/06   Thursday 100-300pm Jan 19/06-March 23/06
Play Learn Parents their preschoolers 3-5 years A 10-week program for parents and their children ages 3-5 yrs. Children attend their own playgroup, while parents meet together and learn new ways to handle difficult behavior, set clear rules and develop a more positive relationship with your child through play! Cambridge Early Years Centre  Chandler Mowat Community Centre Kitchener Mondays Thursdays 100-300pm Jan 16/06- March 20/06  Tuesdays 9-1130am Jan 17/06-March 28/06
Incredible Kids Children 6-8 or 9-11 years This fun, after school program is packed with activities that help children develop tools to improve their relationships with both other children and adults, as well as feel good about themselves! Greenway Chaplin Community Centre Cambridge (6-8 yr olds) Centreville Chicopee Community Centre Kitchener (9-11 yr olds) Thursday 415-545pm Jan 26/06-Mar 23/06    Wednesday330-500 Feb 1/06-Mar 29/06
Tools for Change All parents A series of workshops which focus on the practical aspects of everyday living with topics like stress management, understanding depression, building healthy relationships, budgeting and more! TBA
Adolescent Team
  • Chris Reitzel Supervisor
  • Karen Walker Intake
  • Sandra Ordiway Intake
  • Chris Hoffer Family Service
  • Chrissy Foley Family Service
  • Kelly Soto Family Service
  • Steve Dick Childrens Service

  • Responding to 42A and 42B referrals
  • Caregiver/Child Conflict
  • Other related referrals

Adolescent Team Response
  • Response Time
  • Access to Service(s) and Supports
  • Common Philosophy and Response
  • Expertise
  • Communication and Co-ordination

  • Outreach Workers
  • Going Beyond Group
  • Langford Treatment Home
  • Youth Services
  • QA and Information Services

Future Plans
  • Group for Parents
  • Group for Adolescents
  • Drug Information Session

Family Violence TeamMembers
  • Lisa Leiher Supervisor
  • Chris Leslie Intake Worker
  • Alice Mazere Intake Worker
  • Duane Boles Family Service Worker
  • Marilyn Curry Family Service Worker
  • Patti Moses Family Service Worker
  • Cindy King Clinical Worker
  • Michelle Smith Clinical Worker

Additional Members
  • Erin Schreiter Supervisor
  • Neta Gear Family Service Worker

Family Violence Intake
General Intake Kitchener/ Cambridge
Clinical Programs
Role of Intake Worker
  • Investigation and assessment of family violence
  • Focus is on two types of referrals
  • Families where there have been a number of
    previous openings. However, the issues remain.
  • Referrals from community partners shelter,
    counselling agencies, etc.

Role of Family Service Worker
  • Carry a caseload of primarily family violence
  • Provide services to families working closely with
    VAW service providers.

Role of Clinical Staff
  • Individual, family and group counselling.
  • Primary focus will be on providing services to
    men, children and women who have barriers to
    attending local agencies for service.

Role of Clinical Staff contd.
  • More and more emphasis will be placed on group
    work facilitated jointly with community partners.
  • Clinical staff to actively seek out these

Current Projects
  • Women Moving Forward
  • For women no longer in crisis.
  • Have left abusive partner.
  • Goals Assist women to understand dynamics of
    abuse, understand the impact of domestic violence
    on children, recognize their own unhealthy coping

  • Partners for Healthy Relationships
  • Couples have completed individual work and wish
    to reconcile.
  • Assist couples to integrate skills they have
    learned individually.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Develop strategies for conflict management.

Partners for Healthy Relationships contd.
  • Develop and practice assertive behaviour.
  • Assist the couple to develop family/partnership
  • Build respect for individual needs.
  • Develop and practice safety strategies.

Psycho-educational Groups
  • Beginning stages.
  • First step audit of low-level risk files.

Steering Committee
  • Advisory committee continues to meet.
  • Membership Alison Scott, Joan Allison, Monica
    Heide, Lisa Leiher, Cindy King.
  • Additions Cambridge Family Service Supervisor,
    Intake Worker, Intake Supervisor, Family Service

Steering Committee contd.
  • Community Shelter, Domestic Violence/Sexual
    Assault Treatment Centre, John Howard Society,
    K-W Counselling, Family Counselling Centre of
    Cambridge and North Dumfries, Catholic Family
    Counselling Services.

Expected Outcomes
  • A reduction in the risk of harm to children in
    the home where family violence has been the
    primary reason for service to the family.
  • Family will receive services that are perceived
    as helpful and that are provided in a timely

Expected Outcomes contd.
  • Families receive services that are not
    piece-meal. There is a communication and
    coordination among service providers.
  • All members of the family served by FCS will be
    offered services that will address family

Expected Outcomes contd.
  • An increase in collaborative work between FCS
    staff and community partners so as to best meet
    the needs of children, men and women.
  • An increase in services to men with the goal that
    all men are met with, assessed and referred to

Kinship Care Research Initiative
  • Foundation Grant

Kinship Care Advisory Committee
  • Joan Allison,
  • Pam Baldwin,
  • Marie Beattie,
  • Robin Bouck,
  • Cheryl Buehler,
  • Heather Chandler,
  • Anita Diebel,
  • Pat Gilles,
  • Brenda Griecken,
  • Mike Letts,
  • Sue Maciaczyk,
  • Margot MacKenzie,
  • Nancy Murdoch,
  • Anne ODonoghue,
  • Erin Penney,
  • Jennifer Watson,
  • Kelly Witteveen

The purpose of the research
  • To investigate kinship care within the Agency as
    the result of
  • recommendations made by the Provincial Kinship
    Care Committee in the document Ontario Kinship
    Model (OACAS 2004)
  • proposed changes to the Child and Family
    Services Act as the result of these
  • the recent media coverage in Toronto as it
    relates to kinship care.

The goal of the research
  • to undertake an analysis of the service needs for
    kinship placements based on agency experience and
    feedback from staff, kinship care providers and
    youth living in kinship care
  • To design and develop an agency wide Kinship Care
    Program for the Agency

The Research
  • The research took place from September 2005 to
    January 2006 and included
  • focus groups with staff
  • conversations and consultation with kinship care
    providers, children living in kinship placements,
    and birth parents
  • consultation with other child welfare agencies
  • a review of the literature
  • Agency data collection and consultation with the
    Kinship Care Advisory Committee.  

Next Steps
  • A Kinship Care Report will be presented to Senior
    Management in February 2006
  • Report includes 18 recommendations for enhanced
    Kinship Services within the Agency.
  • Implementation of the enhanced Kinship Care
    Services will also be determined by the
    anticipated changes to the Child and Family
    Services Act and the subsequent directives from
    the Ministry of Community and Social Services,
    the Ministry of Children and Youth, and the
    Ontario Association of Childrens Aid Societies.

Overview of Other Model of Service Initiatives
  • Supports to Children in Care
  • Outreach Treatment Program
  • Going Beyond
  • Foster Care Support/School Support
  • Educational Strategies
  • Reading Incentive Program
  • Tutoring
  • Educational Consultants
  • Scholarships

Overview of Other Model of Service Initiatives
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • Integration of Cultural Competence Committee and
    SOTF Committee to Diversity Committee
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • Foster Care Recruitment
  • LGBTQ Initiative

Planning Process for 2006-2007
  • Applications for Block 2 Funding
  • Things to Consider for MYRBP

Block 2 Initiatives
  • Continue with Community Capacity Building
  • Co-Delivery of Services in Neighbourhoods and
    with other counselling and service agencies
  • Community Based Services Explore opportunities
    for co-location with other community service

Block 2 Initiatives
  • Develop a comprehensive model for family
    conferencing/family involvement in Planning
  • Range of collaborative strategies
  • Examine use of Family Group Conferencing
  • Develop Range of Family Based Supports
  • In Home supports for families, kinship families,
    foster families, adoptive families
  • Integration of 40 Assets Model

Block 2 Initiatives
  • Kinship Care Service
  • Pillars Of Permanence
  • Implementation of SAFE
  • Implementation of PRIDE
  • Continued Implementation of OnLAC
  • Continue Adoption Initiatives/Subsidies

  • Increase Agencys capacity for Quality
    Assurance/ Outcome Measurement
  • 3 Child Welfare Grant-In-Aid Applications
    approved. Successful candidates known by June
  • Diversity Initiative
  • Family Group Conferencing/Decision Making
  • Building Collaboration with Families

Implications for Service
  • Need to examine current programs what is working
    well, how do new initiatives fit
  • Need to examine agency structure
  • The developing model may lead to some agency
  • Early Intervention Initiatives
  • Differential Response Initiatives
  • Family Based Supports
  • Supports to Children
  • Permanency Strategies
  • ADR/Legal Services
  • Outcome Measurement

Next Steps Implementing Transformation
  • Model of Service Committee to become Agency
    Transformation Team
  • Develop Implementation Plan for Transformation
  • Training Curriculum developed by OACAS.

Transformation Curricula
  • Manager/Supervisor Orientation on March 2 and 9,
  • Staff Orientation by June 2006
  • Resource Family Orientation
  • Community Partners Orientation
  • Training on new tools
  • Training on technology changes