Children unaccounted for?

Earlier, we reported on the Campbell administration's pre-election budget, which forecasts a two year $740 million deficit. But there's a chance that deficit could be higher. The reason: according to the government, increases in the use of income assistance and children and family services is one of the major risks to its fiscal plan. That plan accounts for a six percent increase in the income assistance caseload in fiscal 2009/10. But the ministry of children and family development isn't accounting for any increase in the average number of children in care. The reason: children presently in care are going to be aging out of that program. And the ministry believes preventive strategies can keep new children from being taken into care.

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