SASKATOON – The province is making changes to child welfare legislation and is asking people for their opinion when it comes to protecting Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable citizens.
In 2010, a child welfare review panel put forward recommendations for the province to deal differently with children in care.
The Saskatchewan ministry of social services reacted by reviewing two pieces of legislation that have a direct impact on day-to-day operations – The Child and Family Services Act and The Adoption Act, 1998.
On Monday, the ministry launched a public engagement campaign which will be accepting input from people in the province until the end of June.
Service providers, First Nations and Métis organizations and stakeholders will also be asked partake in engagement sessions and provide written submissions.
The general public can complete an online questionnaire.
“Your input and suggestions are vital as we move forward to help make life better for Saskatchewan children,” said June Draude, Saskatchewan’s social services minister.
She says overall the goal is to keep kids with their families and safety is always priority number one.
“If the families are healthy and the children are safe, that’s where they belong. Loving arms of a family is the best place for a child,” said Draude.
Proposed changes to legislation are expected to be submitted by fall 2015.
Anyone who wants a copy of the discussion guide or has questions can call 1-800-565-2400, email CFSLegislationReview@gov.sk.ca, or mail:
Ministry of Social Services
Attn: Child and Family Services Legislative Review
1920 Broad St., 10th floor
Regina, SK S4P 3V6