Foster Home and/or group home survey (Based on the experiences of a minor in care)

This survey is to gather reliable statistics from persons who have had experiences themselves (present or past) as a minor (18 years or younger) living in a foster home, group home or secure treatment environment while under the care of a child protection agency. This survey is intended to identify those agencies which provided the care for minors and to gather statistics on the quality of care, physical, sexual or emotional abuse of those while under the legal care or guardianship of a child protection agency. If you have experienced living in care with different child protection agencies over a period of time then a separate survey should be filled out for each separate child protection agency and survey periods.

Viewers please note that this survey is currently under construction and is for viewing and comment only at this time. All data entered on the survey form at this time will be lost. If you have suggestions for additional questions then please contact us through the contact form.


Introduction and instructions

Thank you for your interest in this survey regarding the treatment of minors in foster home, group home and secure treatment facilities. This survey is intended to be filled in only by those persons who experienced living in one of these facilities while under the care and/or supervision of a child protection agency when they were a minor (18 years of age or younger). By taking the time to participate in this survey you will be making a valuable contribution to efforts to collect valuable statistics which will be used to help improved accountability and transparency within the child protection system in Canada. Most of the statistics which will be gathered through this survey have never been collected before.

To ensure that the CRPA collects the most reliable and unquestionable statistics in Canada on the state of the child protection system, all those responding to the survey are required to become a verified user on the CRPA website first and provide their full contact information including phone number and email address. Emails and personal contact information will be verified by phone. All personal information will be kept in confidence. Those Canadians who truly want to promote accountability and transparency within Canada's child protect industry must be willing to stand up and be counted.

Because there are a number of mandatory fields that must be filled in before the form can be submitted, viewers are encouraged to review the questions first on their computer screen or print out the survey and to get any questions answered about filling out the survey before actually completing the survey on line. Questions can be answered by contacting he CRPA by phone or by the contact form on our website.

The survey has been divided into various categories and groups of questions with most question groups requiring the first question to be answered. Most questions in the survey consist of check boxes but there are optional text boxes where participants can describe their thoughts and experiences. Readers only have to read the instructions carefully. If there are any questions participants can send an email through the CRPA contact form. Again, thank you for contributing.

Your Personal Contact Information

Note: All personal information about those who submit survey information will be kept in strict confidence.

It is also important that those who respond keep their personal contact information up to date. In the event of a civil lawsuit or investigation into a particular child protection agency or worker, those who have indicated an interest to be contacted will be given the opportunity to participate in the lawsuit or to obtain updates on the progress of the lawsuit or investigation.

Physical abuse of children in care of a child protection agency

A number of children who have been in care have indicated that either they were physically abused or they witnessed other children being physically abused while they were in care of a child protection agency. This section of the survey is to gather statistics about the physical abuse of children who are in care or were in care at some point of time during their lives.

Physical abuse of other children in care

Sexual abuse of a minor in a group home or foster home

This section of the survey is to gather reliable statistics relating to sexual abuse of children while in a foster home, group home or secure treatment facility.


Sexual abuse of yourself by a child protection worker
This section of the survey is to determine reliable statistics as to how many children in care experienced being sexually abused by child protection workers while in care of a child protection agency.The first question in this question group must be answered. If the answer to the first question is yes, then check “yes” and answer all remaining questions in this group. If your answer is no, then check "no" then proceed to the next question group

Girls who became pregnant by a group home or foster home worker are entitled to a financial payout for damages. Those who have not claimed for damages should seek help to launch a lawsuit against the child protection agency


Sexual abuse of yourself by another child in care at the same time
This section of the survey is to determine reliable statistics as to how many children in care experienced being sexually abused by another child who was in care while in care of a child protection agency.The first question in this question group must be answered. If the answer to the first question is yes, then check “yes” and answer all remaining questions in this group. If your answer is no, then check "no" then proceed to the next question group

Sexual abuse of others while in care of a child protection agency
A number of children in care of a child protection agency have disclosed witnessing or learning of the sexual abuse of other children in care. This section of the survey is to determine reliable statistics as to how many children may have witnessed the sexual abuse of other children in care while you were in care of a child protection agency.
The first question in this question group must be answered. If the answer to the first question is yes, then check “yes” and answer all remaining questions in this group. If your answer is no, then check no then proceed to the next question group
Interference of access to a child advocate

A number of persons who were in care of a child protection agency have indicated that their attempts to contact a child advocate were interfered with by workers with the child protection agency. This section of the survey is to determine the statistics as to how many of those who were in care as a minor experienced an interference in their efforts to speak with or meet a child advocate of their choosing.

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Misuse of criminal charges against children in care by child protection workers

Some minors who have been in care have reported that false allegations and criminal charges were used against them as a form of punishment or reprisals by child protection workers. The questions in this section of the survey are intended to find out how many minors in care experienced child protection workers use the criminal justice system to control or punish children in care