Child protection in Ontario is legislated by the Ontario government and funded by the Ministry of Community and Youth Services. Child protection services are provided by local Children's Aid Societies that have exclusive responsibility for the provision of the services under the Child and Family Services Act.
There are 47 Children's Aid Societies across the province. Each Society is an independent, non-profit organization with a local Board of Directors.
The main duties of a Children's Aid Society are to:
· Investigate allegations or evidence that children under the age of 16 years
may be in need of protection.
· Protect, where necessary, children who are under the age of 16 years.
· Provide guidance, counseling and other services to families for protection
of children or for the prevention of circumstances requiring the
protection of children.
· Provide care for children assigned to its care under the Act.
· Place children for adoption.
The government’s role in child protection is to fund, legislate and monitor the child welfare system. The Ministry of Children & Youth Services sets policy and provides program design for child welfare and licenses for children’s residential services (foster care and group homes).
The Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County offers help to families by working cooperatively with public health departments, hospitals, doctors, schools, police and other social service agencies in an effort to offer a complete range of services to assist families with their problems.