Family and Children’s Services – Keeping Children Safe

Family and Children’s Services – Keeping Children Safe

September 29, 2016 – Family and Children’s Services (FACS) of St. Thomas and Elgin is excited to announce that they will “Go Live” on October 24, 2016, with the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN). CPIN is an initiative launched by Ontario’s provincial government to have the 47 child protection agencies across the province linked to the single database. FACS will join 11 other agencies already connected to CPIN, with the remainder of the province’s child protection agencies coming online by 2020.

The new information network ensures timely access to information across the province, which allows for informed decisions with respect to child safety. With accurate information from across the province, families can be assured of improved case oversight and accountability.

Family and Children’s Services Executive Director, Derrick Droulliard, says, “Our work involves us being with children and their families during some of the most trying and difficult times of their lives. In order to protect children and strengthen families it is our responsibility to document their story in the most accurate, transparent, and efficient way possible. CPIN provides us with the platform to transfer critical case information between CASs, in a timely fashion, to support decision-making about children at risk. CPIN supports our approach in helping children and families in the community and across the province.”

Family and Children’s Services has been preparing for this exciting change for more than a year. Throughout the extensive training for the new network, staff continue the same work in the community. During the training period, the community’s calls will still be answered as quickly as possible – understanding that during the next few weeks, together, we may experience delays. We appreciate your patience during this time of transition and we look forward to our continued partnership with the community to protect children and help strengthen families.

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For more information, contact: Derrick Droulliard – Executive Director

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