Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

October 15, 2010 11:26 ET

Ontario Ombudsman Now has the Power to Investigate Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) -

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin now has the jurisdiction to investigate complaints about Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society, following the provincial government's appointment of a supervisor for the agency.

Children and Youth Services Minister Laurel Broten announced this week that she has appointed Mr. Vince Tedesco to manage the society on an interim basis in place of its board of directors. While normally the Ombudsman does not have jurisdiction over children's aid societies in Ontario, that changes when the provincial government takes direct control, since the Ombudsman does have jurisdiction over the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Ontario is the only province in Canada whose Ombudsman does not have a mandate to oversee child protection services. Despite this, the Ombudsman's office receives many serious complaints about these agencies every year that cannot be investigated. A total of 296 complaints about children's aid societies were received in fiscal 2009-2010.

Complaints about the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society or any provincial government service or agency may be made to the Ombudsman's Office at 1-800-263-1830, or via the online complaint form available at http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/en/make-a-complaint/complaint-form.aspx.

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