A Strategy for Sustainable Child Welfare in Ontario. McGill Centre for Research on Children & Families 1 st Dec 2010 Dr Wendy Thomson McGill School of Social Work For internal CRCF reference only. Today’s presentation. Introducing the Commission Child welfare in O ntario Today
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McGill Centre for Research on Children & Families
1st Dec 2010
Dr Wendy Thomson
McGill School of Social Work
For internal CRCF reference only
Increase in Expenditures and Staffing not Explained by Increases in Service Volumes
1998/99 to 2008/09
Overall increase in expenditures on child welfare (when adjusted for inflation) over the last decade has been more than double the increase in service volumes.
* Expenditures are based on real 1998/99 dollars assuming a constant CPI of 2.5%
Poorer Outcomes for Youth In Care Increases in Service Volumes
The data in the table below compiled by MCYS heightened concerns regarding the significantly poorer outcomes for youth in care than for the general population. Note that data is not available on outcomes for the 80 to 90% of children who are served by CASs in their own homes. Similarly, we have not yet compared these outcomes with youth who have grown up in lower income communities which is the comparative demographic group for the majority of CAS clients.
These statistics are not direct comparisons as they are not based on controlled sampling within single research projects.
a Total Canadian population
b Of the 30% of former Crown wards who became pregnant at an early age, 60% became re-involved in the child welfare system as parents.
Source: MCYS Briefing on Child Welfare Outcomes,
Impact of Policy shifts Increases in Service VolumesFrom 1998/99 to 2003/4 (a result of Child Welfare Reform) :* Children coming into care increased rapidly.* increase in CiC plus administrative and regulatory demands – resulted in rapid escalation of costs.* Child welfare spending increased at 3 times the rate of all other Ontario government program spending (next slide)
1998/99 to 2008/09(% increase based on constant1998/99 dollars)
Child welfare spending growth in the last decade has outstripped all other sectors – however, the “Pre-Transformation” and “Post-Transformation” story is quite different.
Child welfare spending growth prior to Transformation outstripped all other sectors
Growth since Transformation is slightly less than other sectors
Note: Expenditures based on constant 1998/99 dollars
A Future in which a modernized child welfare system functions as one of many programs working together to provide integrated, child-focused services fully aligned to improve outcomes for children.