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Posted: March 14, 2016

Children and youth come into care of our children’s aid societies through no fault of their own.

A court has decided that they have been, in some form or another, physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected, and in need of protection. There are very few things in a child’s life that could happen that is more important than their removal from the custody of their family. When the courts and our children’s aid societies take this step, as mandated by the legislation that governs them, they act on behalf of all Ontarians to ensure the wellbeing of all children in care.

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Posted: February 26, 2016

This place saved my life,” said the 12-year-old boy flatly, “and this place also stole my soul.”

He was speaking to me as part of a group of youth whom I met on my Listening Tour living at one of Ontario’s largest children’s mental health treatment residences. It was difficult to hear him say those words. The other young people who were listening and part of the discussion bobbed their heads in unison, affirming his comment.

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