A new report from the Minisry of Children and Family Development says 36 kids in 37 different cases were housed in hotels between November and May.
While just over a third were for a single night, the longest stay was 18 days long. One child was placed in a hotel in two different instances.
In a number of cases, the placement involved keeping groups of siblings together.
The ministry says says reasons ranged from flight delays and lack of housing on short notice, to cases where the kids or their foster parents were threatened by someone outside the home.
It says a foster parent, social worker, or specially qualified caregiver was present in all cases, with each placement approved — and every placement was documented by a designated director and reported to the provincial director of child welfare.
It says all 10 stays longer than three nights (after January 13th, when new guidelines were implemented) were reported to the Representative for Children and Youth.
In January the province introduced new adopted new policies to try and curb the practice, which include more thorough reporting and documenting of hotel stays. It also committed to biannual reports.
Under the guidelines, staff should “only [be] placing children and youth in care in hotels when no other option is available.”
Hotel stays by kids in care have been under the microscope since 18-year-old Alex Gervais fell to his death from an Abbotsford window last September.
Length of stay
- One night: 14 children
- Two nights: seven children
- Three nights: two children
- Four nights: two children
- Five nights: one child
- Six nights: Six children
- Seven nights: one child
- Eight nights: one child
- 16 nights: one child
- 18 nights: two children
Ages of children placed in hotels
- Ages 1-5: Seven
- Ages 6-12: 16
- Ages 13-19: 14