B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development is weighing in on the joint review her ministry and the children’s watchdog will conduct on the use of hotels to house children in care.
Stephanie Cadieux says she doesn’t believe the joint review is an acknowledgment there’s a “crisis” involving kids in provincial care.
“What I would say is that I do very much agree and have the same perspective as Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond on the fact that kids should be in appropriate placements in foster homes and group homes.”
The review comes two months after an 18-year-old boy in care died after he plunged from a window at the hotel where he was staying.
“There’s, I believe, work we can do together to improve what we’re doing, identify areas where policing and practice can be strengthened or improved to ensure it doesn’t happen, and I’m really pleased with the level of collaboration between our offices.”
The report is set to be released by the end of the year.
The review was announced on Monday and Cadieux was not made available to comment.