Here in this snatch of prose, he is expressing himself about what has transpired over the past several decades in the care of children by government authorized agencies in British Columbia, Canada.
How would I change the Child Family and Community Services Act? (F&CSA) I would simply scrap it and bring back the old act which it replaced. The new act simply created a whole lot of problems which did not exist before. A member of a parent self help group told the Gove inquiry about the proposed act “ I urge Judge Gove to oppose the passing of the new act. There’s just too many weasel words in it for my liking and you don’t want to give the social workers new ways to screw people.” I could not have put it better myself. I predicted a disaster and I was told I was being negative. A year later the courts had been ground to a standstill because of the act and they have never recovered. It would be very difficult to persuade people to scrap the act all together, because all the people who have championed it over the years would look rather silly. So one would just have to go about removing or changing the worst sections. A lot of stuff simply does not belong in legislation. For instance mediation should simply be part of good professional practice. Currently mediation just becomes part of the adversarial process and the ministry directors have all the power. The mediation clause is allowed to derail all the time lines of the act and other important guidelines. It is like trying to mediate between the wolf and the lamb. Look at Derek and his wife. By agreeing to mediation they have consented to a gag order and cannot talk about anything or ask for help because of it. If they did, the social workers would use it against them. The act limits total temporary orders on young children to a period of one year. This is to protect against emotional damage, which is well researched. Interim custody can go on for years as anyone who has followed Ron Unruh’s blog knows. The damage is the same. I would ban any type of temporary care from going over one year. If the kids are to go home, the sooner the better. If the parents are totally unfit and this can be proved, then a permanent plan for the kids should be worked out as soon as possible. This is just for starters.