Toronto children’s aid society’s choice for new chief sparks pushback

The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto has hired a new chief executive officer with seemingly no experience in child protection or previous work in the area of diversity, equity or anti-Black racism, a move that has angered staff and community members.

Paul Rosebush, CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, takes the helm of Canada’s largest children’s aid society in September at a time when the sector is struggling to address systemic anti-Black racism and disproportionately high numbers of African-Canadian children in foster and group home care.

About 32 per cent of children and youth admitted to the Toronto society in 2017-18 were Black, while they represent just 8 per cent of the city’s population under age 18. Only 28 per cent of those admitted to care are white, according the society’s latest annual report.

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