f there’s anything more pathetic than the health system, it’s the foster care system; it’s a close second. Darlene Neville, the child and youth advocate for this province, presented a devastating snapshot last week. The inquiry her office did had her break down and cry herself, she admitted to the CBC.
The system is an utter joke. But because it’s the most vulnerable of children at the brunt of that joke, there’s nothing to be laughed at and everyone should be sitting straight up in their seats and paying attention. These are innocent little children and it’s 2009 and we haven’t advanced enough to provide them even with the most basic needs.
When you think of the money taxpayers have dished out for inquiries from the Zachary Turner travesty to a provincially-commissioned report that was completed just weeks ago, it’s disgusting to think so little has changed.
There’s no point in bringing these things to light if government people are going around with their hands over their ears not wanting to hear.
The ugly truth is there are too many instances where the system is just as negligent with the child as the negligent parents they are taken from.
When a social worker takes a child from a home, the process has just begun and every measure should be taken to make sure the child suffers minimal damage in that process.
Dropping off a kids in the middle of the night at the home of a complete stranger with very little of their own belongings is downright cruel and damaging, and it’s hard to imagine how it can be done. It’s an out of sight, out of mind attitude that is going on.
Social workers not following up for days is absolutely unacceptable no matter how shorthanded they are.
Documentation not getting completed is sometimes as much laziness and incompetence as it is due to shortage of social workers.
There is a shortage of foster parents in this province and the biggest reason is likely because they are treated with complacency and an insulting disregard. This system simply sucks just like the healthcare system that has a cancer patient waiting because there is no bed.
How to inject a heart in any system whether it is health care or childcare should be the order of the day in our province. It is pathetic and a national embarrassment to have systems as critical as these in such shambles. And, it seems, no matter how many pricey official inquiries are done, the government just doesn’t get it.