Canadian Family Law and the CAS (Children Aid Society)
(An article I wrote in the early 2000s as we worked to support a friend who lost her children through the CAS in Ontario, and her newborn from a second marriage while in Nova Scotia. Research I did revealed incredible inequities, and those who spoke up were crushed by the system).
Many Canadians have found themselves in the crossfire of laws that are intended to protect, but turn out to reveal the greatest flaw our system can hold, which is rarely acknowledged: a law is as good as the people interpreting it.The implications of this reality could revolutionize our society… if we would but take it into account when we consider real people running into real problems because of it.
Although confused and even innocently interchanged in our minds, “justice” and “righteousness” are not really synonymous in our country. And nowhere else is it more wretchedly enacted as in Family Law, where children are concerned. Parents divorce, and too often the children are also forced to divorce one parent. The Children’s Aid Society’s mandate is to protect children, and represent their best interest. So is the mandate of parents, by the law of nature. A law too often ignored.
This website was created to reveal those situations through the lives and words of those who experience them. And our hope and goal is to inspire and encourage a reflection and encourage a movement of change. Take time to get acquainted with the dynamics that can make laws turn against the very people they’re supposed to protect. A sign of the times? We better take note, because this could extend to many other areas of our lives… and I’m suspecting that if we did take a look, we’d find the same distorsion of law happening somewhere else…
We want to support and encourage reflection, networking, information, inquiry and reform in order to reduce such cases to a minimum. However, child protection agencies are gearing to even increase their ability to “process” children, taking them from their biological families in order to “place” them in foster homes or in the permanent and irreversible care of adoptive parents. The refusal from the authorities to examine closely the actions of the CAS by listening to the stories of their victims is not only a denial of justice in Canada, but a capitulation of intelligent government. Such actions effectively leave the country at the hands of a few well-protected occult organizations who merely get paid to do “a job” regardless of the consequences of that job: they are hired to feed the processing machine, and that’s what they’ll do till they get their pension. The PENSION becomes the carrot that nails their conscience in the coffin of irresponsibility.