Childrens Aid Society: What Do They Do?


Childrens Aid Society,  founded in 1889,  is a private, non-profit, charitable organization committed to supporting and strengthening children, families, and communities through a variety of programs.

CSA believes that all children are special and deserve to grow up to become productive members of society. At Children’s Aid Society, workers and volunteers are dedicated to helping children overcome those barriers, providing them with the resources they need to thrive.

Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County is dedicated to support and strengthen children, families, and communities by providing multiple, creative and collaborative services.Today, we are helping children in Mercer County and beyond find loving families, and helping families give their children the resources and support they need to thrive.

Today, no one lives here, but we continue to help children whose families cannot take care of them. The reasons are many – employment, housing, mental health issues, incarceration, custody issues, childhood disorders, lack of family and economic conditions. The ultimate focus of all of our programs is for children to grow into independent and self-sustaining adults.

Our programs and services would not be successful without the support of our community. In so many ways the community is our partner as we support at risk children and encourage/teach their parents to accept the challenges in caring for their children. As our services change to meet the changing needs of the at risk children in our care, we look forward to the support of that community partnership.

However, there are four main problems for those CASs, according to the Barbara Kay, from the National Post.

1. With virtually no checks and balances, case workers have “as much power as God,” in the words of one former social worker.

2. Children in care have little voice.

3. CASs are funded per capita. This creates a financial incentive for taking children into care. CASs receive extra funding for children diagnosed with conditions requiring medication — a fact that creates other unhealthy incentives.

4. CAS workers typically cannot be sued if they have acted in “good faith.”

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