First there was this:
Then there was this, from Lori Culbert in the VSun:
Somewhere between 23 and 50 foster children have been placed in B.C. hotels in the past year, officials reported one week after a foster youth fell to his death from the window of a hotel where he’d been housed for months.
The numbers are imprecise and vary according to whom you ask.
The children’s ministry puts the number at 23 hotel stays, for an average of five days each, between November 2014 and this month.
However, the provincial representative for children and youth believes the number is higher. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s files suggest between 30 and 50 youth in the care of the Ministry for Children and Families have been lodged in hotels instead of group or foster homes in the last year.
“Why is this happening?” asked Turpel-Lafond...
And then there is even more, from a report from the Canadian Press:
...Turpel-Lafond stressed that her office has no difficulty interacting with the ministry's front-line workers and directed her condemnation towards upper management.
"Who would actually believe them when they tell you they're adamant no kid will be in a hotel and then a young person is in a hotel in crisis and dies,' she said. "Will I take what they tell me at face value ever again? Probably not.''...
I take no pleasure in learning any of this.
But it just needs to end.
Unfortunately, until the folks in charge and those respsonsible are held to account, I very much fear that it will not.