Re An Adoption Case Straight Out Of The Theatre Of The Absurd (Feb. 5): The Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto is governed by the province's Child and Family Services Act, which gives families priority over foster parents with respect to caring for children involved in the child-welfare system.
It would offend the sense of justice of Ontarians if foster parents were able to assert an equal claim over a child as the child's family. The society's recommendation to the court is guided by the law and is based on an assessment of what we believe to be in the child's long-term best interests. The suggestion the society is attempting to make an "end run" around the legislation is offensive.
A trial will be held where the foster parent will have the right to make submissions through her lawyer, whether or not she is formally added as a party. It will be up to the judge to decide the child's future.