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NCJ Number: 228412 Find in a Library
Title: Private Service, Public Rights: The Private Children's Residential Group Care Sector in Ontario, Canada
Journal: Residential Treatment for Children and Youth  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:July-September 2009  Pages:161-180
Author(s): Kiaras Gharabaghi Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 20
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The core themes and issues of private residential service delivery for children and youth in Ontario, Canada were explored.
Abstract: The results of the study indicate no obvious reasons to dismiss or be critical of private residential care. However, both private and public residential care in Ontario were under-regulated, which resulted in significant variations in terms of organizational structures, the quality of staffing and training, accountability and transparency, and ultimately the effectiveness of specific residential services. The private residential sector has grown steadily over the past two decades; however, it is now experiencing some major challenges, which are driven by changes to the child welfare system and by an often negative public and professional perception. In Ontario, Canada, well over 50 percent of children and youth placed in staffed group care are so placed within the private sector. The objectives of this study were to gain a better understanding of the core themes and issues entailed in private sector residential care. Specifically, the focus of the analysis reflected two themes. First, the private sector was examined in relation to ethics, transparency, and accountability. Second, the analysis sought to deconstruct the organizational structures of private sector operators. References
Main Term(s): Residential child care institutions
Index Term(s): Canada; Child care services; Juvenile foster homes; Juvenile group houses; Juvenile residential treatment centers; Private sector-government cooperation; Privatization
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