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Gervais moved 17 times in his 11 years in foster care, something Cadieux would like to change. From now on, the ministry will track kids and if they move more than three times in a year, senior social workers will get involved, Cadieux said. -----When asked if the caregiver would be required to return the $8,000 a month he was paid for work he didn’t perform, or whether he could face criminal charges, neither Cadieux nor Richard was able to answer. Cadieux did say he wouldn’t be caring for foster children again in future. -----When asked if anyone within the ministry or the delegated aboriginal agency had faced any consequences for Alex’s death, she said no one individual was to blame. “The lost opportunities and the (lack of) adherence to policies stretched over many years and many people,” Cadieux said. “It was not focused on any one agency or worker, there were a series of problems … This is a condemnation of the system as a whole not working and where we need to make broader changes and I’m committed to those.” ---------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Seems like there is no accountability in BC. This is troubling but it is the same situation in Alberta. It is very sad. These children are defenceless. Unless we fire political hires who fail their mandate to protect our kids this ongoing cycle of abuse and death will continue. In Alberta the death toll is over 800 kids now. I can't imagine how any family would feel to lose their children in this way. And to have more than 800 families in Alberta who have lost a child --well this seems unbearable. But again, there will be no responsibility taken by the government until we take responsibility and change political parties that do not perform. Like · Reply · Just now Sandra Steffan Stephanie Cadieux can't step down; her salary, rich benefits, salary and fat pension are at stake. She takes no accountability because it is government. "Layers and layers of contracts" shows immense government dismissal of responsibility. Everyone working in government, should be under the microscope. Stephanie needs to be fired without a safety net, along with all of her counter-parts in government. Unlike · Reply · 1 · 1 hr Phil Gardner CHRISTY CLARK HAS PROTECTED Cynthia CADIEUX FOR TOO LONG... It is time to FIRE CADIEUX and CLARK in the May Election Like · Reply · 1 · 1 hr


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Seems like there is no accountability in BC. This is troubling but it is the same situation in Alberta.
It is very sad. These children are defenceless. Unless we fire political hires who fail their mandate to protect our kids this ongoing cycle of abuse and death will continue. In Alberta the death toll is over 800 kids now.
I can't imagine how any family would feel to lose their children in this way. And to have more than 800 families in Alberta who have lost a child --well this seems unbearable. But again, there will be no responsibility taken by the government until we take responsibility and change political parties that do not perform.
The suicide of a teen in government care raises concern about the oversight of 700 other children cared for by similar agencies under contract with the province.  Bernard Richard, the acting…
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Teen's death raises concerns for 700 other children


The suicide of a teen in government care raises concern about the oversight of 700 other children cared for by similar agencies under contract with the province. 
Bernard Richard, the acting representative for children and youth, who replaced Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond late last year, expressed his concern as he commented on the death of Alex Gervais, who died at age 18 after he jumped from a fourth-storey window of the Super 8 hotel in Abbotsford in September 2015. 
Gervais had spent seven years in the care of a contracted agency that was shut down in the months before Gervais’s death after an investigation identified caregivers with outstanding criminal charges and violent histories. When Gervais was living in the hotel, a caregiver was subcontracted to take care of him for more than $8,000 a month, money that Gervais claimed was being misappropriated by the worker.
Richard said he is “very concerned” about the other 700 kids in care who are being looked after by about 100 contracted residential agencies. 
The layering of these contracts is a major concern,” Richard said. “These contracts are given to subcontractors given to subcontractors — it’s really done to avoid any kind of responsibility. 
“Obviously, I feel for Alex … but I do have a greater concern for the hundreds of other children in the system who are cared for in exactly the same way … The issue for me is that the youth who have the most significant needs end up being served by the least-qualified caregivers.” 
Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux said contracted agencies should be the exception and not the rule. 
“When we have to use them, we must do so only to get kids stabilized, so that they can grow up in a long-term family setting, hopefully with relatives or in a foster home,” Cadieux said. “Clearly, our contracting needs a complete overhaul. Subcontracting like this is just not appropriate.” 
When asked if anyone within the ministry or the delegated aboriginal agency had faced any consequences for Alex’s death, she said no one individual was to blame. 
“The lost opportunities and the (lack of) adherence to policies stretched over many years and many people,” Cadieux said. “It was not focused on any one agency or worker, there were a series of problems … This is a condemnation of the system as a whole not working and where we need to make broader changes and I’m committed to those.”  
All of the 700 kids being cared for in contracted agencies have seen their social workers in the last three months, Cadieux said. She said social workers will make sure to see them every 90 days to ensure that they’re safe and sound and well-cared for. She said the ministry will take responsibility for criminal record checks for all caregivers, rather than entrusting that work to contracted agencies. 
“A lack of documentation and followup stops now,” Cadieux said. “The accountability has got to rest with the ministry, just as parents are responsible for choosing who they let care for their children.” 
Richard’s report found that Gervais’s social workers didn’t plan for him to be permanently settled with his extended family or a foster family and that he wasn’t connected to his culture. Cadieux promised that all children in care will have a care plan in place and all aboriginal children in care will also have a cultural plan to connect them to their heritage. Funding of $2.7 million will be provided to support these cultural plans, Cadieux said. 
Gervais moved 17 times in his 11 years in foster care, something Cadieux would like to change. From now on, the ministry will track kids and if they move more than three times in a year, senior social workers will get involved, Cadieux said. 
Both Cadieux and Richard said the attorney general’s office will audit the ministry’s financial oversight of contracted services for at-risk children and youth. Ministry staff will also be trained to audit contracted service providers, Cadieux said. 
When asked if the caregiver would be required to return the $8,000 a month he was paid for work he didn’t perform, or whether he could face criminal charges, neither Cadieux nor Richard was able to answer. Cadieux did say he wouldn’t be caring for foster children again in future. 
Cadieux promises a “multi-year plan” for her ministry will come out after the Feb. 21 budget. Says it will “ensure that most kids stay home.” She also promised more respite care to try to keep families together. 
A form of support called an agreement with young adults will automatically be offered to all foster children aging out of care, the ministry says. Such deals provide living expenses for former foster children who are in training programs or continuing in school. The ministry recently expanded the time these agreements are available for and the types of programs that qualify. 
Richard said a significant review of residential contracted services was done in 2011 or ’12, but that virtually no action had been taken in the five years since. 
It’s a quagmire. The layering of these contracts is a major concern,” he said. “As the representative, I am mostly concerned with the quality of care, but there are very significant financial concerns as well.” 
Richard agrees with a Vancouver Foundation report that found money could be saved in the long run by spending more on foster care upfront. 
“If we don’t do the job right, these kids will end up costing us millions of dollars … If we don’t spend early, we will spend later, and we will spend more later,” Richard said. 
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Julie Ali ·
Seems like there is no accountability in BC. This is troubling but it is the same situation in Alberta.
It is very sad. These children are defenceless. Unless we fire political hires who fail their mandate to protect our kids this ongoing cycle of abuse and death will continue. In Alberta the death toll is over 800 kids now.

I can't imagine how any family would feel to lose their children in this way. And to have more than 800 families in Alberta who have lost a child --well this seems unbearable. But again, there will be no responsibility taken by the government until we take responsibility and change political parties that do not perform.
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Sandra Steffan
Stephanie Cadieux can't step down; her salary, rich benefits, salary and fat pension are at stake. She takes no accountability because it is government. "Layers and layers of contracts" shows immense government dismissal of responsibility. Everyone working in government, should be under the microscope. Stephanie needs to be fired without a safety net, along with all of her counter-parts in government.
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Phil Gardner
CHRISTY CLARK HAS PROTECTED Cynthia CADIEUX FOR TOO LONG...

It is time to FIRE CADIEUX and CLARK in the May Election
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