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Monday, May 09, 2005

Parents Required to Sign away rights to their Disabled Kids.

TheStar.com - Province forsakes parents of disabled

I'M NOT KIDDING!

Ontario's parents of disabled kids are being told that for their kids to recieve the special care they need, parents have to sign on the dotted line, and give up all rights!

Families were once able to enter into special-needs agreements with Children's Aid Societies, giving them access to group homes and other special services without relinquishing custody .

But in the late 1990s, the then Conservative government cut off funding for new agreements. Instead, families had to turn to community agencies for help. Yet these agencies often lack the money and resources to support children with complex needs.

That has left some parents in a terrible bind: They can either cope as best they can on their own or give up custody to the Children's Aid Society.

Jeanette Niebler has a severely autistic son, she had put him in the care of Childrens Aid Society when he became a physical threat to his sisters. The funding that would have allowed Jeanette to keep him home wasn't there.

Dylan her son was placed in a home with round the clock care. She still retains custody, however in six months the agreement which was temporary will expire. Jeanette will be forced to relinquish custody, or bring him back home and somehow manage on her own, she is a single mother.

"If I have to give up custody forever, it will be the worst thing that ever happened to me, but at least Dylan gets the care he needs and we're all still alive," she says.

In 2001, two other families said they could not secure necessary care for their disabled children unless they agreed to make them wards of the Children's Aid Society.

Provincial ombudsman André Marin started with 6 cases and now has recieved dozens of complaints in the past 2 weeks.

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