B.C.’s Children and Youth Representative is again accusing the provincial government of having misplaced priorities.
This comes a month after releasing a scathing report about the death of a Vancouver teenager named Paige.
“I’m really concerned that we’re losing time. There really is no presence on the ground to respond to their situation.”
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says September is too late to set up a so-called rapid response team for more than one hundred teens needing immediate help.
“There’s a priority to actually engage with these kids that are living in abject squalor and homelessness. These kids that we continue to send to the curb on their 19th birthday because we won’t extend foster care and actually help them. This is a real, urgent need.”
Her report about the 19-year-old woman’s drug-related death in April 2013 accused front-line workers of being indifferent.