Watchdog says children of addicts need help from government

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Watchdog says children of addicts need help from government

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth

The province’s children’s rights advocate says parents with addictions need to be held more accountable so that their children aren’t put in danger.

BC’s children’s watchdog, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, talks about a 10-year-old boy who was seriously hurt in a car crash after his mother and her boyfriend had been drinking. She says there’s no way to hold parents accountable, or assess whether relatives, like the boy’s grandparents, are capable of properly caring for the child.

“Assuming that everything’s going to work out somehow on its own, miraculously, doesn’t happen. You have to actually intervene, have real consequences, and if needed, remove the child.”

Speaking with CKNW’s Simi Sara, she calls for substance abuse specialists to get involved.

Only one of the nine workers in the boy’s case had such training.


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  1. Be held accoutable for their actions ? Great idea … But this is Canada , where no one is held accountable for their actions ….. Instead we just throw more social services aid at them and assure them that “its not their fault” !!

  2. Here’s an idea: take the money from alcohol taxes and perhaps marijuana taxes and spend it on substance abuse specialists to address the problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Problem solved.