09/09/2011 09:34 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST

Huron-Perth CAS returned to local control, agency names new 14-member board

OWEN SOUND, Ont. - After more than 10 months of administration by the province, the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society is back in local hands.

The agency has named a 14-member board of directors after being overseen by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services since last October.

The province stepped in when the CAS announced it would close last December because of a $1.3-million deficit and a debt-load of close to $1 million.

Interim executive-director Larry Marshall says Huron-Perth was among a number of Children's Aid Societies across the province facing fiscal challenges.

He says ministry personnel helped balance the Huron-Perth agency's budget before returning the agency to community control.

The new Board will be confirmed at the society's annual general meeting on Sept. 20.(CFOS)