Statement on recent events from Paul Rosebush, CEO of CAS of Toronto

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The events over the past week reflect the terrible harm and racism that the Black community has experienced historically and continues to experience present day. The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer was appalling and was sadly followed by a series of other horrific acts of anti-Black racism that was chronicled in the media. The time for change in society has come and we must take action now. As the leader of an agency with a history mired in anti-Black racism, we know that systemic change is needed and we are on our own journey to address the disproportionality and disparity in child welfare that has for too long seen the overrepresentation of Black children and youth in care. We acknowledge the work that we still have to do as allies to support Black communities and the unlearning and learning that is required from us as individuals and as an agency to address institutionalized bias and to drive meaningful change.

At CAS Toronto we will continue to vigorously address anti-Black racism, discrimination and marginalization in our practices and we encourage our community partners to join us in challenging societal structures that continue to oppress the Black and racialized communities in Toronto. To my Black colleagues across our organization you have my support for the range of emotions that you must be experiencing, and our entire agency stands with you to acknowledge the anti-Black racism that exists in society as well as the call for immediate change.

Paul Rosebush,

CEO of Children’s Aid Society of Toronto