The Residential Placement Advisory Committee will:
- Conduct neutral, second-party reviews of the placement of children/youth under the age of 18 who are living in an out of home placement (i.e. live in treatment, foster home, group home, etc.).
- The primary focus of every review is about the child/youth and whether or not their placement meets their needs.
- Each review will ensure the child/youth has left the review process feeling they have been heard and were a valued participant in the review process.
- Each review will be summarized by a Recommendation Report that will state if the placement is supported by the committee and make recommendations on the programming and treatment offered while living in the out of home placement.
Our review process is part of the rights children and youth have who are placed in an out of home placement. The role of the Residential Placement Advisory Committee (RPAC) is explained in Section 63-66 of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 14, Sched. 1 (ontario.ca) (CYFSA). In the Act, it explains that we complete Admission Reviews, Follow-up Reviews, Objection Reviews and Discretionary Reviews. Please see program flyer for more information.
Our committee conduct reviews based on where the guardian lives. Our catchment area covers some of the Central Region, including York Region and Simcoe County. As well, we cover a large area in the East Region, including Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough County, Durham, Northumberland, Hastings County, Prince Edward County, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, and Leeds & Grenville.
We receive referrals from children/youth, their families, the Ombudsmen Office Home – Ontario Ombudsman, Placing Agencies (i.e., Children’s Aid Societies), Case Coordination Services, and from Service Providers from where the child/youth is living. If you have further questions or need a referral form, please reach out to the RPAC Program Coordinator at 705-748-3220 ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.