CAS forced to let us attend foster information night

4 Jun

On June 3rd, a group of people gathered outside of the CAS building to picket foster parent information night, I was not among them. Me and three others agreed that we would do all we can to get inside the meeting…..and we did.

As soon as we step inside the building police was waiting for us, and we were prepared. …..we sat down locked arms and said we refused to leave until we were either allowed to participate in this meeting or we were arrested. The cop called back up to arrest us, and we were prepared for this as a necessary risk…..eg. why would CAS have four peacefull people arrested for simply wanting to attend the meeting and participate……it would look bad.

While waiting for back up we engaed with the police officer, whom is a reasonable person and we came to an understanding that if we sighned in provided ID etc. we could participate (I didnt need to provide ID cause they cops already knew who I was as did CAS). We gave our word that we would not be disruptive and be respectful with our questions.

The presentation started with an ex foster kid, nw working for CAS talking about there posative experiance in a good foster home as well as the posative work she does now in the agency. The we were explained what fostering is…..and it was a very emotional presentation full of success stories. Question period started and why first question was if all is hunky dory (im simplyfying my question) why is CAS afraid to allow accountability through ombudsman oversite. This question was side stepped by talking about there internal accountability process and the ministry. My secound question was about CAS and cultural assimilation in terms of indigenous people and minorities to which they talked about sensativity stuff and the need for more minoritys to become foster parents. Several other questions were asked related to fostering specifics then my friend asked if CAS was a private for profit corporation that recieved tax payers dollars, when the presenter answered no, his follow up question about is it true funding is based on how many children are in custody and how many case were open was not answered but rather told to ask the head of CAS he got a similar response to several other questions. The discussion continued and several other pointed questions were asked, but the most interesting and impactful question was asked by someone who was not with us but recieved one of our flyers, which was about liability of foster parents and those that adopt. Many other issues were raised such as the jail like conditions of group homes etc. All in all our participation was successfull and many people talked to us in the end. This was the last info night this year….maybenext year they can get better coffee

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One Response to “CAS forced to let us attend foster information night”

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