IN THE SIX YEAR PERIOD between 1995 and 2001, there was a 70% increase in the number of children in care at the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex— from 445 children in 1995 to 758 children in 2001.

In search of answers to this community crisis, a team of researchers from the University of Western Ontario conducted a study of 1,024 child protection cases that were open to CAS in 1995 and 2001.

Research did not find a single answer, but rather a set of complex factors that interconnect and compound on another related to:

Violence against children
Women abuse
Mental health
Impaired parenting capacity
Intergenerational CAS involvement

Results from this study are alarming and indicate that it is unrealistic to expect the CAS to shoulder the responsibility alone...protecting our children is everybody's business.

A copy of the report with its appendices is provided via the links below in PDF form*. Click on the document title link below to open the document inside your browser. A PowerPoint summary is also provided, this will open directly in Internet Explorer version 6.

Executive Summary


Technical Reports

Summary in PowerPoint form.

United Way Website

Alan W. Leschield, Ph.D., C.Psych
Paul C. Whitehead, Ph.D.
Dermot Hurley, MSW
Debbie Chiodo, MA

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