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 Removing Barriers To Crown Wards’ Education February 19, 2009

One of the barriers to postsecondary education faced by Crown wards is the challenge of paying for it.  Ontario offers a number of financial support programs and incentives for Crown wards and for students from low-income families:

  • Students may receive up to $3,500 in scholarships and bursaries before there is any reduction in student loans provided to Crown wards through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP),   
  • Savings from the Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent will not reduce the OSAP loans available to Crown wards.  Withdrawals from Registered Education Savings Plans established by children’s aid societies on behalf of Crown wards are also exempt. The Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards

Queen's Park is ordering Ontario children's aid societies to set up registered education savings plans for all kids in foster care younger than age 6 receiving Ottawa's $100-a-month child-care benefit. An annual contribution of $1,200 from birth to age 6 would trigger $340 a year in matching federal funds and $1,000 in Canada Learning Bond payments up to age 6. After that, the RESP would grow by $100 per year in Canada

Profit from Labeling Kids: Over 1 Million in tax-payer dollars spent on handing out drugs to school children!

As more children are prescribed powerful cocktails of mood-altering drugs, debate builds over whether they are helped or harmed Adverse Psych Drug Reactions Reported to the FDA 2004-2006.. Tardive diskinesia is linked to worsening of negative symptoms, gait difficulties, speech impairment, psychsocial deterioration, and memory deficits. They conclude it may be both a "motor and dementing" disorder.

Tardive Dyskinesia Complications  Children with tardive dyskinesia often suffer more symptoms than they were initially prescribed drug treatment for. The adverse effects that children with tardive dyskinesia can suffer can include permanent behavioral and/or mental disorders because of the use of the neuroleptic drugs. Tardive dyskinesia can occur after just months of beginning neuroleptic treatment and it is not known how many people the disease has directly affected. The Grimm Truth

Undiagnosed, children can experience lasting behavioral and mental problems from tardive dyskinesia. This is probably because the systems connected to the dopamine receptors are still developing. It’s more difficult for doctors to diagnose the condition for several reasons:

Report of the Psychiatric Drugs Panel

Toronto: Inquiry into Psychiatry, 2005


How Vested Interests Created the Perfect Marketing/Lobbying Machine: Mental Health “Advocacy” Groups:Funded by Pharma


Green Mental Health: First Do No Harm


Neuroleptics and Brain Damage:

An Annotated Bibliography


Mercury Link To Autism Video

Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Database

stimulant and neuroleptic drugs Stimulation of dopamine D1 receptors has profound effects on addictive behavior, movement control, and working memory.

The Marketing of Madness

From the makers of the award-winning documentary
Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

 Medication-induced movement disorders

Reclaiming Our Children

Neurologic side effects in neuroleptic-naive patients treated with haloperidol or risperidone

Special Alerts Stimulant Medications for ADHD: Ongoing Safety Review Assessing the Potential Association With Sudden Death in Children - June 2009

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, impulse control disorders (ICD), Numerous medical conditions can cause psychiatric symptoms. Some of the more common are infectious, metabolic, and neurological conditions

A study evaluated the rate of occurrence of drug-induced parkinsonism and tardive dyskinesia

Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or ...

Welcome to KidsHealth.org

PARENTS AND CHILDREN NEED TO GET INFORMED OF THE VERY SERIOUS EFFECTS CAUSED BY THESE MEDICATION: Brain damage, dementia and persistent cognitive dysfunction associated with neuroleptic drugs.

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 An Interview with Peter Breggin, MD on the "Psychopharmaceutical Complex" Peter Breggin: No, it's really a scam, it's a fraud. What frequently happens, for example, in children, they'll give them Prozac and then they'll discover that Prozac is literally shrinking a part of the brain.

It is no exaggeration to call TD a widespread epidemic and possibly the worst medically induced catastrophe in history

Children in Clinical Research: A Conflict of Moral Values 

  Myths and Facts about ADHD

CURRENT STUDIES ON Cognitive and Neuropsychological Effects of Keppra (levetiracetam) in Children

 Are we Over-Vaccinating Our Children?


Mercury Link To Autism Video


Mesothelioma Symptoms   For the past several decades, information about mesothelioma had been scarce and inconclusive, making this form of cancer one of the most indefinite and unspecified diseases in modern history

 Gardasil WARNING! - CNN Report 8.11.8

 Gardasil Victim Speaks Out After 2 YearsUrgent Warning about Gardasil

Urgent Warning Video about Gardasil HPV

 A Guide to the Extrapyramidal Side-effects of Antipsychotic Drugs

The Ontario Mental Health Act


How to contact your Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)

How to contact your Federal Member of Parliament (MP) It is free to send a letter to your MP in Ottawa. No postage stamp needed  




Serious Vaccine Reactions to Now Be Called 'Coincidence'?
Important factors to consider before making a decision to get vaccinated or take other flu drugs.

October 20, 2009 - Vaccine Injury Isn't Just for Babies: The Desiree Jennings Flu Shot Story - Age of Autism


Congressman Ron Paul's Parental Consent Act

In response to a federal push to screen all American children for "mental disorders" in schools, Congressman Ron Paul introduced the Parental Consent Act 2009 which prohibits federal funds from being used to establish or implement any universal mental health, psychiatric, or socioemotional screening programs in our schools. Considering there are currently bills before Congress which not only endorse and fund mental health screening of schoolchildren, but also establish school based health clinics to deliver such services, it is imperative that people urge their members of Congress to support the Parental Consent Act 2009.

Ron Pauls's Parental Concent Act 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009 Dr. Joseph Biederman Plays God With ADHD Meds

Harvard Psychiatrist Must Suspend Clinical Trials Over Conflicts Posted
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:42 AM EST
Read more:

Exposed: Harvard Shrink Gets Rich Labeling Kids Bipolar 

Sun. NY Times: Harvard psychiatrist drug money cover-up exposed


ADHD natural remedy - Herbal remedy for ADHD - ADHD natural treatment
Over the years many attempts have been made to find natural therapies for ADHD in order to avoid the use of stimulants such as Ritalin. Very little research has been done in this area since the medical profession has focused their attention almost exclusively on the use of stimulant drugs. It does seem probable that some nutrients or herbal remedies could eventually be found to be helpful. Some herbal remedies used in ADHD

Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine -- 9 Reasons Why   Video: Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine -- 9 Reasons Why
This year it is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than influenza itself.

No More ADHD 

Dr. Mary Ann Block, is an outspoken critic of children being diagnosed ADHD and put on drugs documented to cause tics, stunted growth, heart attack, stroke and sudden death. She describes how parents are being misinformed about the medical legitimacy of ADHD and the dangers of the drugs being prescribed to treat children.

Whistleblower Allen Jones/Mental health screening of kidsMary Ann Block, D.O. talks about ADHD on Montel Show

 Whistleblower Allen Jones/Mental health screening of kids Mary Ann Block, D.O. talks about ADHD on Montel Show

What Killed Rebecca Riley? Katie Couric Reports On The Diagnosis Of Bipolar Disorder In Kids READ ON


CASE REPORTS The Psychosis Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto

Adolescents on Neuroleptic Medication: Is This Population at Risk for Tardive Dyskinesia?

Welcome to the Attention Deficit Resource Network Web site

 Drug Information DrugWatch.com

provides up-to-date information the side effects of common prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Recognizing Impulse Control Disorders Early Symptoms, Behaviors, Causes, and Treatment

The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders

Tardive dyskinesia is a syndrome involving dysfunctional, involuntary movements associated with long-term  use of neuroleptic medications, such as Haldol, Risperdal, Prolixin, and Thorazine. These drugs lead to an apparent general calming or sedative effect on the individual and are considered major tranquilizers.

Tardive dyskinesia may appear anywhere from three months to several years after initial use of these medications, and withdrawal from neuroleptics often exacerbates the symptoms.

Common tardive dyskinesia movements include, but are not limited to: facial tics, grimacing, eye blinking, lip smacking, tongue thrusting, moving one's head back or to the side, foot tapping, ankle movements, shuffled gait, and head nodding. Tardive dyskinesia may lead to very serious problems, such as respiratory interference, inability to eat, oral ulcerations, and difficulty standing/walking.

Tardive dyskinesia movements may be confused with stereotypy because of the repetitive nature of both behaviors. Stereotypy refers to ritualistic, often complex behaviors, such as body and head rocking, hand-flapping, and complex hand movement patterns. Stereotypy appears to be under voluntary control. In contrast, tardive dyskinesia movements are less complex, less ritualistic, and are not volitional.

Due to the serious side effects of neuroleptics and given that not everyone responds positively to the drugs, it is best to address behavioral problems with behavior management strategies. The majority of behavioral problems are environmentally caused. Treatment of behavioral problems with neuroleptics may cause additional social and physiological problems; therefore, they should be carefully considered before being utilized.

Treatment of Psychosis without Drugs


Foster Parents – providing Care, Respect, Integrity and Trust in our Children, our Society and in Ourselves. Be Proud of Who You Are and What You Do.


Antipsychotics and Progressive Brain Dysfunction

Drug-Induced: A large number of drugs are capable of causing dystonia. In most cases, people develop an acute dystonic reaction resulting after a one-time exposure

movement disorders as a result of taking psychiatric medications: Tardive dystonia generally causes jaw spasms and tongue protrusion. However it can also cause strong contractions of the arm or leg or affect body posture. It is therefore very important to consult a specialist who will be able to identify and correct your condition. Tardive dystonia is often brought on by antipsychotic drugs. Risperidone and olanzapine are two anti-psychotic drugs that have been linked to Tardive dystonia. Clozapine is another drug that could be a causative factor but this has not yet been verified. Anti-emetics and antidepressants too may aggravate or even cause this condition. It may be necessary to discontinue these medications. However, if you discontinue it abruptly, you will risk suffering from withdrawal emergent syndrome. You will have to slowly lower your dosage so that it tapers off. However, it is very important to keep in mind that no matter what your condition is, you should not stop any medication without first consulting your doctor. Furthermore, immediate treatment for the condition will help to prevent it from getting worse and will shorten the recovery period.  WHAT IS withdrawal emergent syndrome

Unlike tardive dyskinesia (TD) which is much better known by clinicians, tardivedystonia is a more recently recognised complication of neuroleptic use. It refers to chronic dystonia related to the use of neuroleptic drugs and may be an even more disabling condition than TD. This article reviews its epidemiology, clinical features and treatment aspects, and suggests that it should be separated from TD as a distinct entity.

The rate at which people around the world are developing tardive dyskinesia and tardive dystonia is reaching epidemic proportions. And the picture does not seem to be getting much better. Each month reports are emerging about new disorders caused by psychiatric medications, such as tardive pain, tardive akathisia, and tardive.

Mad in America: bad science, bad medicine, and the enduring mistreatment


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The Medicated Child
Six million American children are taking psychiatric drugs, but most have never been tested on children.  Is this good medicine - or an uncontrolled experiment?

Childbrain.com Pediatric Neurology SiteTic Disorders
A Clear Practical Approach for the Parents.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to investigating.. violations of human rights. Citizens Commission on Human Rights: Psychiatric Drugs Reactions  MUST WATCH VIDEO"S

“Kirk Martin provides practical, life-changing advice
that will transform your intense child.”
Dr. Howard Glasser, Bestselling Author

Transforming the Difficult Child:The Nurtured Heart Approach   Click here to download an excerpt from Parenting CD 1 that will help you understand your child inside and out. Imagine the strategies that result once you (and your child) understand how their brain works. (This will open in Windows Media Player).



To avoid EPS and potentially irreversible TD, neuroleptics must be used at the lowest possible doses, for the shortest possible duration, only when clearly indicated and when there is no safer alternative. Patients should be monitored closely and frequently for emerging symptoms using standardized movement rating scales. Possible side effects should be fully disclosed via written informed consent documents and the doctor should initiate an ongoing dialog about this topic with the patient. The doctor should consider alerting family members since they often become aware of movement disorders before the patient does. 

Lilly Adds Strong Warning Label to Zyprexa, a Schizophrenia Drug Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, Strokes and "mini-strokes" called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), High blood sugar (hyperglycemia), Tardive dyskinesia.

Search your medication by first letter A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W XY Z

Taking charge of ADHD: the complete, authoritative guide for parents



A Must Watch for ALL Foster Parents! Warning came out regarding Health Canada advising against cough, cold remedies for infants. Please be warned about Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel and the FDA

  •             Kid's rights (PDF 627 KB), aimed at 4 to 10 year olds, is in the form of a children's story book, and is distributed complete with a set of colouring pencils that can be used throughout. 
  •              My journey in care (PDF 2.52 MB), aimed at 10 to 18 year olds, uses a notebook style layout with cartoons and photos, including Indigenous artwork from a young person in care.
The Parenting Puzzle
Encourage Our Kids to Dream: Add a Healthy Dose of Resiliency
 What is ADD and ADHD?
If You or Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or You Suspect They May Have an Attention Deficit Problem, Taking Steps Now Can Help Them Learn Better and Thrive Well Into Adulthood.



Rights of Children in Foster Care: Last updated: January 5, 2005 

It's Time for Children's Rights Education

The Independent Child and Youth Advocate:
an adult looking out for kids in Ontario
The story of
Bill 165—a new law to protect kids

Welcome to the Children's Information Portal!
This site brings together information about all the children and youth programs and services provided by the Government of Ontario.
T: 416.489.5485
T (Toll-Free): 1.877.489.5485

Youth in foster care are becoming increasingly aware of their own potential to effect change for themselves personally and within the system. One avenue that allows them to learn more about their own rights and responsibilities, and that can lead to empowerment for them, is the use of handbooks written for and about young people in care. Read More

Be Special, Be Yourself for Teenagers
"At Last! A Collection of Teen Stories That Inspire, Encourage, Educate
  The Early Years Parenting with Dignity® is a sincere and compelling approach to teaching parents how to instill a sense of responsible decision making in their kids. Author Mac Bledsoe, is President and founder of Parenting With Dignity.  He is a parent, school teacher, coach and extraordinary public speaker.

Resilience and Coping Skills
Volume 260, Issues in Society Editor: Justin Healey

Resilience (or resiliency) is the ability to manage and learn from difficulties and to bounce back after adversity. Resilient people have personal strengths, skills and abilities which help to buffer them against stress. Resilience skills can be learned from a young age, and are important keys to positive mental health. What are the protective factors that promote resilience? Who is at risk of not 'bouncing back' and what coping skills can people learn in order to deal effectively with the ups and downs that everyone experiences to varying degrees in their life? This book is a helpful tool in advancing mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on understanding and promoting resilience in children and young people.


RESPs to be set up for children in foster care: About 40 per cent of youth in the general population attend post-secondary school, but only about 21 per cent of youth that are under the care of Children's Aid societies

PART Practice And Reasearch Together PART is a knowledge translation model that promotes the concept of evidence-informed practice in child welfare. 

  • Ontario Looking After Children (OnLAC)  Looking After Children (LAC) is an approach to assessing the development of children being cared for by child welfare agencies and enhancing their progress towards important developmental goals. The children's progress is assessed on a yearly basis, using seven developmental dimensions: health, education, family and social relationships, social presentation, identity, emotional and behavioral development and self-care skills.

    Looking After Children allows child welfare staff and foster parents to put the concept of good parenting into practical application. It encourages greater collaboration among key partners and promotes better planning, which will improve child outcomes.



 News Release

McGuinty Government Creates Championship Teams And Improves Financial Support

February 19, 2009

Ontario is helping Crown wards succeed at college and university.

Ontario Child Benefit Increase On The Way July 8, 2009 Beginning this month, low-income families will receive more money through the Ontario Child Benefit to help with the cost of raising their children.  The benefit will reach 1.3 million kids and is almost doubling to a maximum of $1,100 per child this year, up from a maximum of $600 last year.  

Foster kids to get money for recreation, savings plans
June 27, 2008

February 19, 2009  Ontario is helping Crown wards

Psychotropic Drugs: Consents required for use of psychotropic drug: 132.(1) A service provider shall not administer or permit the administration of a psychotropic drug to a child in the service provider’s care without Read

National Youth In Care Network

The stories of 59 Canadian systems youth and 97 child and youth-serving professionals revealed how and when psychotropic are used; the consequences and benefits associated with this method of service provision; and the lack of appropriate resources and support for youth and caregivers alike. Alongside our findings, the NYICN has presented over 30 recommendations intended to improve protocols and accountability frameworks that determine and support the healing needs of all young people in care.

Foster Care

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Durham Children's Aid Society

Homes for Kids


[PDF] Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) :
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The research on kinship care and subsidized guardianship suggests that: ... subsidized guardianship can reduce court involvement, child welfare agency
OACAS - The Voice - March 2009:
It could be legal guardianship, long-term connections with kin or mentors, or adoption for older teens, even after Crown wardship ends

How Important Is It?


See this cute little alligator?
 He represents “Allegations.” 
And he is anything, but Funny!