The internal memo, obtained by the Star, indicated that a certain number of cases had to be ongoing to guarantee a level of funding from the province.
One of the strategies was asking child protection workers not to close any ongoing cases during the month even though, as an anonymous whistleblower alleged, the move could be detrimental to families.
So it's good news that child neglect cases are down but it's not good for the civil servants that want the money. So they are risking breaking up families in order to maintain funding.
These are desperate people doing desperate things, she said. Youre not looking for the childs interest to get them out of the system if your funding formula is only based on the volume of children you have in the system.
The Peel CAS currently operates with a $2.3-million deficit. Province-wide, childrens aid societies face a $40-million deficit this year, and are carrying a historic debt of $33 million, according to the Ontario Association of Childrens Aid Societies.
Currently, the agencies are funded solely on the number of cases they handle. That model is set to change this year with funding based not only on caseload but also on socioeconomic factors within each societys catchment area.
The internal memo, signed by seven senior service managers, instructs staff to complete as many investigations as possible (no fewer than 1,000), transfer as many cases as possible to ongoing services, and not close any ongoing cases before the end of the fiscal year, March 31. The memo indicated that these strategies were necessary to reduce the societys current deficit and secure future funding from the province.
Our volumes continue to be lower than our projections and this will result in less funding, the memo stated.
The memo also suggests there's a quota system! What immoral people.
Edited by Boges, 15 March 2013 - 07:43 AM.