Landy Anderson is a former Foster Care Supervisor with 27 years experience in child welfare. She has worked as a child protection worker, supervisor, and manager in several Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario for various departments, such as Intake, After Hours, Family Services, Placement, Kinship Care, Community Services, Customary Care, Foster Care and Adoption. Landy is a former Treatment Foster Parent and Licensed Group Home Operator. She has supervised staff operated group homes and foster care departments for various child welfare agencies in the greater Toronto area including an Aboriginal Children’s Aid Society. Landy also teaches part time at her local community college. Remarkably, Landy has been a foster parent to over 100 teenagers spanning a decade, where some teenagers stayed for days and others well into adulthood.
Landy’s Aboriginal husband, John, has been a great support in sharing his experience with her as a child who survived Canada’s Sixties Scoop. He provides incredible insight into the lived experience of what it was like living as a foster child under the rippling effects of inter-generational trauma of residential schools. He offers powerful and practical knowledge that can only be derived from being an Aboriginal child in care. Landy’s unique experience as a foster parent, child protection worker and supervisor contribute to her expertise and candid perspective in the delivery of quality foster care services. To this end, she is a strong advocate for foster parent rights and their inclusion as equal members of the service team. She is a dynamic speaker and has developed and delivered training in critical issues such as Behaviour Management, Investigations in Foster Homes, Foster Parent Advocacy, Customary Care, Placement Stability, Aboriginal Child Welfare and a Foster Parent’s Role in Permanency Planning for Aboriginal Children.
Landy’s training is attended by child welfare staff, clinicians, community service providers and foster parents across Ontario at conferences held by local Children’s Aid Societies, the Foster Parents Society of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and the Canadian Foster Family Association. She currently lives in southern Ontario where she continues to preserve relationships with her former foster children with some connections lasting over 20 years.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
Speech on the Occasion of the Canadian Foster Family Association Annual Conference, Rideau Hall,
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Thank you, children, for being such an inspiration to all children of this country who are craving for hope. And thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for your commitment to children—our most precious treasure
© Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2006). Photo credit: Cpl Issa Paré, Rideau Hall. Reproduced with the permission of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
Landy's connection to the Aboriginal community...
Hello, brothers and sisters, my name is Landy Anderson and I am of mixed Métis and Chinese Heritage.
I live in Oshawa, Ontario with my husband and children who are members of Alderville FN.
I previously worked for an Aboriginal Children’s Aid Society (CAS). That said, I am passionate about issues in child welfare as they are intimately connected to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in Canada’s child welfare system.
Did you know?
- 27,000 First Nations children are estimated to be in CAS care, which accounts for 30-40%
of all children in Canada’s child welfare system, Aboriginal children represent less than 5% of the child population (Blackstock and Trocmé, 2005).
- First Nations children are being placed in out of
homecareat 6-8 times the rate of other children (Auditor General of Canada, 2008; Standing Committee on Public Accounts, 2009).
Unfortunately, my husband was in Children’s Aid Care during Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop.
Hence my passion to improve the foster care system and help raise awareness to the importance of foster care issues across Canada for Native and Non-Native foster parents alike.
I recently wrote a book, The Foster Parent Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Child Welfare Matrix where I speak to the inherent truths about foster care. The book was supported by The Canadian Foster Family Association and other notable Foster Parent Association Presidents/Directors from across Canada.
Please consider sharing my web site link with anyone who may have an interest in this subject since it impacts so many of our people!
Learn more about The Ties that Bind…
Landy’s community work with the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada.
The website is hosted by the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
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