Change in youth care badly planned, not best for children

NDP CYFS Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Child, Youth and Family Services critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the privatization of three group homes in the province is going so badly that government should call the Child and Youth Advocate to determine how the children are faring.

“While government was preoccupied washing its hands of its responsibilities for the care of young people with complex needs, the company they hired to do this has dropped the ball,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.

“How could government have bungled this so badly?

“What’s the plan to ensure these children remain in safe care?

On several occasions since the change was announced, Rogers has expressed concern over the lack of a formal transition plan, and whether it is best for the youth.

“I ask the Premier, will he ask the Child and Youth Advocate to assess whether the children are remaining safe in the middle of this chaos?” she said.

“Will he ask the Child and Youth Advocate to assess whether the decision to hand over their care to a for-profit company was in the best interests of the children?”

Rogers says the crisis has been created by government trying to farm out its responsibilities for children in care to a for-profit company, when in fact the existing group homes worked very well. She says government is trying to fix something that was not broken.

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