There’s been another death of a B.C. teen who recently aged out of government care.
B.C.’s Children and Youth representative Bernard Richard says the 19-year-old girl was found dead in a tent yesterday, in a wooded area of Surrey popular with homeless campers.
“These are circumstances that are troubling for any British Columbian I’m sure. It’s hard not to be shocked and outraged by this kind of senseless death of a young person, and particularly when it involves children who have been in care.”
Richard confirmed the girl was aboriginal, and says they’re waiting on a toxicology report to see if the death is drug related.
“We need support for these kids through a transition period.”
The young woman was just seven months past her 19th birthday, Richard says it’s time to rethink supports for kids aging out of care.
“Who knows what they’ve gone through in their early years? And then they suddenly find themselves out of care and on their own, with very little of a safety net.”
He says the case shares elements with that of Alex Gervais, and that supporting youth “aging out” will be top of mind as he prepares the report on that teen’s death.