Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region is closing two residential group homes, which will lead to layoffs.

FCS is dealing with a shortfall in provincial funding of $2.5 million.  

The agency’s Executive Director, Alison Scott tells today’s Record that the equivalent of nearly 25 jobs will be eliminated.  

The cost-cutting moves are set to take effect in early November and are expected to save the agency $1.3 million.  

Scott tells The Record the 13 children in the group homes will be moved to foster homes, live with relatives, or be returned to their families with agency supervision. 

The measures mark the third time in four years that there have been layoffs at FCS.

There were 14 positions cut in 2009 and another 11 in 2010.