Ontario child advocate wonders whether Doug Ford just made your children 'invisible again' - 2019-04-01
It was a turning point for him: he knew he had to work harder to protect vulnerable children across the province. From the start, Elman used his brand new position to create an office that advocates for neglected children across the province in care, in the youth justice system, in neglected Indigenous communities and in newcomer groups.
The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth fielded over 21,000 calls last year seeking help for children in the welfare system. Over the years, Elman and his team have shed light on horrifying situations in foster and group homes ranging from lack of proper diet to physical abuse.
His work has attracted global attention for the way it has brought youth voices to the forefront. In April, a contingent of Japan's youth public service was set to visit the office to learn how to replicate their operations and their model for youth support across the world.
The group is proceeding with their trip, but Elman will no longer be there when they arrive.