A Cook in the kitchen

Prior to becoming the ministry of children and family development's top bureaucrat, Lesley du Toit was an associate with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development. She also co-wrote a chapter in the Handbook for Working with Children and Youth with the institute's executive director Philip Cook - having previously worked with him to develop a system in South Africa to "maximize the care of young people in communities." And now it looks like Dr. Cook and Ms. du Toit are together again. According to the institute's 2006-07 annual report, its been handed a $408,000, four-year project as part of the ministry of children and family development's transformation process.

The report states, as part of that project, Dr. Cook "has been seconded by the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development for 1/3 of his time to support a 4 year province wide transformation process led by" Ms. du Toit. That support work, in part, includes "co-chairing the Transformation Task Team, leading a province wide assessment of What's Working for Children and Families, and assisting with a regional Indigenous service delivery plan in North East British Columbia." The following is a complete copy of the relevant section of that report.

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BC Ministry for Child and Family Development Transformation Task Team
Funders: BC Ministry for Child and Family Development
Length of Project: 2006-2010
Funds secured: $102,000/year
Partners: Deputy Minister, Regional Authorities

IICRD Executive Director Philip Cook has been seconded by the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development for 1/3 of his time to support a 4 year province wide transformation process led by Deputy Minister, Lesley duToit. Philip Cook will be co-chairing the Transformation Task Team, leading a province wide assessment of What's Working for Children and Families, and assisting with a regional Indigenous service delivery plan in North East British Columbia. In the Northeast region of British Columbia, the Ministry of Children and Family Development is moving forward with a regionalization plan to ensure that families and communities are actively engaged in influencing the government services they receive. IICRD has been invited to implement the Triple "A" participatory action research process with Treaty Eight First Nations, Urban Aboriginal Agencies, and Metis Organizations, working in 14 North Eastern communities. Over the next year, the team will work closely with youth, Elders, and children's care providers in these communities to provide training and develop services that build on existing cultural strengths to meet the needs of children and their families.

4 Comments

Lesley DuTroit??

Again?

How long is this going to go?

She'e been covered better than drywall with ivory coloured paint.

I mean Sean, really.

Here's a novel idea, instead of handing out expensive contracts, maybe people on the payroll of the government _already_ can do this work. The fact is, many, many individuals, groups, First Nations people, workers, etc etc. have tried to tell government and Ms. Du Toit in particular "What’s Working for Children and Families" in the province, as well as What Isn't Working (hmm, CLBC, the blueprint for all of the devolutions). The fact is, the government doesn't care, or listen, or fix things as they are now. They just want to give the perception of consultation as they continue to distance themselves from their responsibilities for child welfare, whether that's child protection, Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal, services to those with disabilities and everyone else dependent upon the government for services.

Well, They have a lot of work to do. For example in Surrey if you are a new restricted foster parent you have to wait 2 months to get a worker and your CIC also has to wait 2 months.As well there are no payments during this time and basicaly no support.This is inspite the fact that the cic has no home to go to and the foster parents have agreed to take him in as he would be on the streets.This is not unusual and if you complain , well you are a whiner.This is a huge problem folks that is getting worse and not better. How long do we wait till Du Toit and the liberals actually fix this system.In fact they have created this with their infamous tax cuts,and consequent profound cuts to MCFD funding. You know those tax cuts inspird by Gordo's mom, the one where Gordo's mom supposedly inspired Gordo to put more money in her pocket as an inspiration for Gordo to look after all those single parents.It is pretty bad folks in MCFD land.

The "transformation" has been going on for a long time. I believe it is time for Leslie to take on a more public profile to explain ongoingly what it means for vulnerable children and youth and how they are benefitting from the "transformation". While not a sole measure, I note that more children known to the ministry are dying.

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