The mandate of the Kawartha Family Court Assessment Service (KFCAS) and its affiliated services are:

To provide the Courts with comprehensive, independent, clinical assessments, to assist with the disposition of cases under the following sections of legislation;

     i)  Section 34 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act

     ii)  Section 98 of the Child Youth and Family Services Act

     iii)  Section 30 of the Children’s Law Reform Act

To conduct reviews of children’s placements in institutions of ten beds or more, and to make recommendations regarding the appropriateness of the placements, pursuant to Section 62-66 of the Child Youth and Family Services Act, this service being provided under the Residential Placement Advisory Committee;

To provide both on-site and off-site family mediation for the Family Court in Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg; provide the information and referral staffing for the Family Law Information Centre in the three Family Courts and; provide mandatory information sessions in the four counties. This service is being provided under the Four Counties Family Court Mediation Service.

To work within the community of children’s services, to ensure that the delivery of services meets the needs of children and families, in the most effective and efficient manner.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the KFCAS is to assist children, families, courts and service providers with decision making by providing comprehensive assessments, mediation, and offering recommendations.

Value Statement:

We believe in Service Excellence. Our organization believes that excellence is defined by the use of best practices as established by any applicable legislation, professional associations and/or colleges, and regulatory bodies.

We believe in respecting the dignity and diversity of individuals and families through this use of inclusive process which considers the best interest of children.

We believe in the potential for change within individuals and families while also building upon their resilience and strengths.

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