Over five years have passed since the Ontario government made changes
to the Ontario Child and Family Services Act, changes designed to
better "promote the best interests, protection and well-being of
children." Since that time, changes to police and child welfare
policies and procedures have meant that children exposed to "adult
conflict" or domestic violence are now considered to be at risk for
emotional and/or physical harm and possibly in need of child welfare
involvement. Since then, reports to children's aid have skyrocketed. Is
involving child welfare actually helping these children? Or are mothers
less likely to report domestic violence because they are afraid their
children will be taken away? Child Development Institute and the
University of Toronto conducted a qualitative study to find out.
To read the full report, visit http://www.voicesforchildren.ca/report-Mar2006-1.htm.