Childrens Aid Society

From Case File to Casket – The Fumbles of the Children’s Aid Society and the Attempt to Bury the Truth Along With the Bodies

fd2f881ba4f3deba8f4552fb693ad83fIt’s a story nobody wants to hear much less tell people about.  While researching the Children’s Aid Society you will inevitably find yourself stumbling across the same small names repeated quietly from the shadows.  Tucked into the corners of articles, and blasted across the odd headline, all demanding justice they never had the chance to live to see; the names of the children who died while in the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

An unfortunate reality of the world today is that children are occasionally taken into care.  The idea is that this is done in an effort to provide the protection and support that should have been the responsibility of the child’s parents but wasn’t being provided.  A last resort to offer a safe haven to the children whose families are beyond repair and who’s parents have become their biggest threat.  Whether or not the issues leading up to those apprehensions warrant the measure being taken has been up for strong debate for some time now, but there is an even stronger debate gathering on the peripheral.

Being a Canadian Citizen seems to go hand in hand with an expectation that there are laws, agencies and systems in place to provide for the people in whatever capacity may be necessary to them.  A democratic country with enough wealth to ensure that even the smallest and most vulnerable of it’s people are ensured not just the most basic human rights but freedom of opportunity and the ability to provide the promise of a better future.  There are children taken into care every year and in an effort to preserve their anonymity they remain nameless and faceless to the general public.  The importance placed on protecting “the best interest of the child” is paramount and yet the very meaning of the statement is subjective and overused to the point of being misunderstood and misconstrued in ways that leaves even the professionals lacking comprehension.  Privacy of the child overshadows transparency on the part of the people who fumble with the children’s care and is a quick cover up for mistakes that result in death.  An effective and near total erasure of a person who, by being taken into the care of the state, was promised something better then what they received.  These children go unmourned save by the few close enough to be touched by the loss in a way that no person who has ever known the death of a small child ever truly forgets.  Unmourned because they are unknown and somehow landed in a case file with the C.AS. rendering them little more then a secret except in the most extreme of circumstances.

195633-22Names lost in a multitude of numbers, figures and statistics reporting in detached coldness of the suggestions towards better methods that may correct or prevent future incidents.  As if the children and families who were effected, either by the accident or design of someone working within the system, are no longer people, rather, a disease which needs to be treated with the correct form of medicine.  Each fumble or fall with a case file, nothing more then a misdiagnoses treated with a “better luck next time” approach and a general lack of apology or empathy.  The technicalities abound in a world where social science becomes nothing more then a mass of scientific methods and formulae which are rigidly applied to situations where there are to many variables to provide an answer which has a black or white solution.

Sara Podniewicz, Jordan Heikamp, Randall Dooley, Katelynn Sampson, Miguel Fernandez and Jeffrey Baldwin, are among the increasing number of children who’s short lives were ended under the watchful eye of the C.A.S.  Along with the lack of information on each of these children we are met with a similar response on the part of C.A.S. in which they point the finger of blame at someone else or decline to comment altogether citing privacy issues.  The questions which arise as a result of these deaths follow along the lines of wanting to know exactly how the case was mishandled and where the signs were missed by an agency which defends its ability to identify signs of abuse or potential for abuse with infallible accuracy.  Their resistance of oversight and rigorous court cases are evidence of their complete confidence in the rightness of their actions and yet those names speak to us from the recesses of the dusty file cabinets of a different story.  A truth which remains untold and will remain so, denying these children justice, until oversight and accountability are as much a reality as the families who really do need the help of a well formed and assistive Family and Children’s Services.

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4 thoughts on “From Case File to Casket – The Fumbles of the Children’s Aid Society and the Attempt to Bury the Truth Along With the Bodies

  1. I AM A TRUE BELIEVER THAT THEY DESTROY FAMILIES. tHEY ARE THERE FOR THEMSELVES THE BUSINESS THEY WORK IN. i HAVE GRANDCHILDREN WITH STORIES THAT COULD MAKE YOU SICK IF YOU HEARD THEM. iF YOU ARE MARRIED TO A DRUNK,ABUSIVE MAN ANYTHING REALLY THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO TAKE THE CHILDREN AND JUSTIFY IT WITH THE COURT SYSTEM WITH NO HELP FOR THE PARENTS. JUMP THROUGH HOOPS AND IT IS STILL NOT ENOUGH AND THEN GIVE THEM BACK BROKEN AND MENTAL ILL ALL IN THE NAME OF WHAT THEY SAY WAS KEEPING THE CHILD SAFE. i PRAY THE GOVERNMENT STOPS THESE SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE HORRIBLE CHILD ABUSE THEY CAUSE AND TAKE THE CHILDREN FROM THEM AND I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE SOME KIND OF MANDATE THAT WOULD MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH CHILDREN AT ALL. tHEY ARE BECOMING THE ABUSIVE ONES NOW AND HAVE BEEN FOR ALONG TIME

  2. Ya! My crime to them… I was abused. They believed I wasn’t strong enuf to keep my kids safe… They are the ones who failed to follow their own policy, didn’t check my house before an access visit. If they had they would have found him and saved me n my boys from an awful experience. Took me a year but they are outta my hair now! I love in fear they will come back on bogus info 😦 the damage they have caused my family was avoidable.

    The scariest part about this agency is that they are NOT Aa GOVERMENT agency. They are A private corporation and simply make their own policies and manipulate their mandate to make them more money n appear to help children n families.

  3. And do not forget THE COURTS!! They are as dirty as CAS. They are the business that wants to break the families. Broken homes (and broken hopes) will produce prostitution, crime, drug addictions, alcoholism… and that will then lead to jails, courts and need for lawyers who will bring the money to the system. Sickening indeed.

  4. Your very succinct and well-researched article has left me in tears and shaking with fear for my only child. whose “effective and near total erasure of a person by being taken into the care of the state”. I’ve been desperately fighting over a year now against her illegal and knowingly fraudulent kidnapping by CAS. I’m not allowed to see her for months at a time, and when I finally do, she cries as she relates “she (caseworker) said you don’t love me anymore mummie, she said you could’ve come anytime if you really wanted to see me — but she says you don’t because you’ve moved on, I’m not important to you and you have no room in your life for me anymore” – how is this CAS child torment allowable or even legal?? And I am NOT allowed to respond to her about this, under CAS threat of all access being cut off once again. My daughter is so emotionally and mentally traumatized by this strategic pyschological torture, which CAS refers to now as ‘mental health issues’ (aka – grounds for more gov’t funding ) as another reason to refuse access for us, and yet they themselves have purposely caused this innocent child’s devastating torment. I have documents, witness’ sworn statements, records and recordings (both video and audio) that show, beyond a reasonable doubt, this entire “apprehension” was orchestrated by CAS merely to gain ‘care & custody’ of my child.
    You should also know, I have no criminal record, no drug or alcohol addictions, no history of undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues, and no prior history of CAS involvement whatsoever, even through other family members or former spouse. My child is my entire life – as I am hers – especially after 7 miscarriages and being told I could never have children, she is and was my Miracle, born 4 days after my 39th birthday.
    There is NOTHING I would not do for my only child, and yet I am being forced to watch, helplessly,as her entire life and everyone she loves is torn away from her – all with malice aforethought, criminal action and intent,and continuous perjury before the court by everyone CAS has involved in this unconscionable kidnapping and destruction.
    I live in terror that I’ll wake up one day to hear Her name being plastered all over the newspapers, as another of the “children who’s short lives were ended under the watchful eye of the C.A.S”.
    How did our gov’t ever succeed in convincing anyone this sort of malicious and destructive ‘state intervention’ was legitimately for the Protection of Our Children???
    And how in hell is it that these sadistic and psychotic employees have been allowed to get away with child abuse, child torture, and murder — especially when you realize that they are NOT a legitimate “non-profit”, they’re a FOR PROFIT Private Corporation who only answer to their own shareholders; their only real concern to provide MORE assets (“children”) to maximize profits and dividends. This being the case, they have built-in financial bias which cannot be ignored, because if they do NOT keep seizing our kids? THEY DON’T GET ANYMORE GOV’T MONEY….
    When will people (sheeples) wake the hell up??
    This entire Child Racketeering system needs to be destroyed, completely gutted and criminal sentencing of every last one of these CAS workers fully pursued and prosecuted to fullest extent possible.
    For me, I will NEVER stop fighting to free my daughter, to bring her back to our loving safe home once again. And then, the ‘real work’ begins – trying to help my 8-yr old heal from a year’s worth of CAS engineered brain-washing and torture, to re-build her self-esteem from the ground up, and to help us both heal and trust again, as we once did — before this CAS-state nightmare destroyed our lives….

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