Stopping children dying in the care of the Christy Clark government will be challenging, but not impossible if it starts with enough funding.
That’s according to a collective of child and social services agencies.
Rick FitzZaland is the executive director of the Federation of Community Social Services of BC and tells CKNW’s Simi Sara Show that he’s looked at funding for the MCFD over the last decade and the amount has been flat despite the increasing case load.
But FitzZaland says the solution is not just about funding a ministry, it’s addressing poverty in families.
“The families do not get the support they need to be able to keep their children and so things get worse, and they get worse and finally they get to a lack of being an emergency.”
And FitzZaland says the problem was the government just didn’t fund anything …
“We’ve looked at the last decade there’s been virtually flat funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development despite the increasing case load that they have in spite of increasing cost.”
FitzZaland says a report the federation contributed to made 32 recommendations in 2012, the MCFD accepted all of them but few were acted on.