NDP Leader adds voice to group home outcry
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) asked the premier to answer questions on the crisis looming for some youth currently entrusted to the care of Child, Youth and Family Services. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers has been advocating for the youth, who will be moving from the supportive and consistent environments and staff they know to privately-operated group homes, the locations and other details of which are as yet unknown.
“Societies are judged by how they treat their most vulnerable members. So are governments,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Premier, why is his government reneging on its responsibility by placing the care of young people with complex needs in the hands of for-profit companies?
Michael says the premier should be ensuring the wellbeing of the youth.
“Youth in the three new level Four residential care group homes still do not know where they are going to live, who will care for them or when they will be forced to move,” she said.
“I ask the Premier, why is he not stepping to take care of this crisis?”
Michael pointed out that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly states all decisions regarding children and young people must be made in their best interest. Canada is a signatory.
She says privatizing the Level Four group homes does not seem to be honouring Canada’s commitment to children.