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
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
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