More on Canadian Parents Relinquishing Custody of Kids with Disabilities
The Ontario minister in charge of children's programs blames her predecessors at Queen's Park for a lack of funding that has forced parents to give up custody of children with severe disabilities in order to gain access to support services.
Minister of Children and Youth Services Marie Bountrogianni said yesterday that there was virtually no new investment in children's services for almost a decade under the previous Progressive Conservative government.
Ms. Bountrogianni told reporters that the Liberal government provided funding of $200-million for children's services in its first budget last May.
"That's because we do know there is a crisis out there, and there still is a lot of work to be done," Ms. Bountrogianni said. "I've been working with children all my life and I'm not going to turn my back on them now."