The child protection lead for the body representing B.C. social workers says poor funding has staff stretched to the limit.
Carol Ross says social workers are doing their best for kids in care but there are limits to what they can do with the resources they have.
“The time available to do the real prevention, healing work with them is just not there. And when the workloads are high and the stress levels are high and the burnout is high, nobody does their best work.”
Ross says while some kids are independent, many others still need a safe place but instead end up homeless.
“When children are removed from their parents, the Ministry of Children and Family becomes the parent. And a good parent doesn’t abandon their kids at age 19 or 18.”
Earlier this week a report from B.C.’s children’s watchdog said the province’s child protection services were being “systematically starved.”
The report suggests the Ministry of Children and Family needs to hire more than 250 new workers just to catch up.