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We’re not calling out child protection services. We’re not pointing fingers going, ‘It’s horrible what you’re doing,”’ Gaetz said.









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Exactly as Julie Ali writes: What now? The children keep dying. The Politicians come and go, but we who loved the children remain in limbo for always.
The suffering of little children like Serenity is forgotten. The child is dead. The politicians have done their work in the #PanelPolitics show that entertained the public that has now gone back to sleep. Silence is all about us. What of Serenity? What of the child?

The mother of a four-year-old girl who died in kinship care in Alberta is sharing newly recovered pictures of the girl with the public and police.
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System wide failures in the child welfare system--no problem--#NoOneIsToBlame
Serenity is abused and dies in the care of the folks the GOA think is appropriate for her care and an opportunity to save her is lost because we have no way to find out why no one removed the kids when there were complaints about poor care----but again --no problem---#NoOneIsToBlame
Long, long ago I read about Richard Cardinal and his time in hell --in the child welfare system. He solved the problems of the time in hell by the only way he had available by killing himself --but again--no problem--#NoOneIsToBlame
Now this study tells us --they can't blame anyone. Yup. No one is to blame for Serenity's hellish life and death.
No one is to blame for the kids who end up on the streets of our society.
No one is to blame for Richard Cardinal.
#NoOneIsToBlame
Must be nice to live in the blameless citadel of government.
Must be nice to never be blamed by others.
Must be nice to be considered above the rules that apply to families.
Must be nice.
But again--there is no problem here folks--go back to sleep--only mostly First Nations children going extinct. Like Serenity.
But again---no problem-#NoOneIsToBlame

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So I got to this part of the article and I laughed. It's the no blame game again being played.

http://aptnnews.ca/2017/08/09/new-study-suggests-link-between-foster-care-system-and-youth-homelessness/

We’re not calling out child protection services. We’re not pointing fingers going, ‘It’s horrible what you’re doing,”’ Gaetz said.

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Then after saying that the study authors weren't going to be pointing fingers they then say that the blame is due to nebulous reasons in the ether of our society:

http://aptnnews.ca/2017/08/09/new-study-suggests-link-between-foster-care-system-and-youth-homelessness/

“Rather, we’re saying this is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, but it’s something that we can identify as leading to bad outcomes when young people leave care.”
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Really this sort of bureaucratic non-speak is ridiculous.

If the study authors won't say what seems just common sense let me think about the matter and put it out for them in clear terms:

1) Take kids away from their homes. The reasons may be for neglect, economic conditions, drugs whatever.

3) Put kids in a foster care family. This family -may not be appropriate as indicated by the case of Serenity but who the hell cares? The government has removed the child from the place that was of initial harm as evaluated by government. This must be good right?


4) Put the kid into some sort of permanent situation as Serenity was placed and ignore the mother as she begs for help for the child. Ban the mother as other pesky advocates in the continuing care system are banned for not shutting up about abuse/ harm.

5) Dilly dally when complaints come from other citizens about the child. 

6) Child is recovered from the permanent placement near death and dies. 

7) No one gets charged.  Oh and no problem of homelessness as the other siblings of Serenity are restored to the original home that was deemed unfit.  Hmm..... where does homelessness come in then?


8) Well if Serenity had lived I guess she might have ended up so damaged that she would have run away from the home she was in and have ended up on the streets.


If Serenity had lived to become homeless would the authors of this paper still righteously intone that they aren't saying the child welfare system is to blame --but what was it?


http://aptnnews.ca/2017/08/09/new-study-suggests-link-between-foster-care-system-and-youth-homelessness/

We’re not calling out child protection services. We’re not pointing fingers going, ‘It’s horrible what you’re doing,”’ Gaetz said.

http://aptnnews.ca/2017/08/09/new-study-suggests-link-between-foster-care-system-and-youth-homelessness/

“Rather, we’re saying this is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, but it’s something that we can identify as leading to bad outcomes when young people leave care.”

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Right they aren't blaming anyone --they are blaming nobody but "a whole number of things" whatever these whole number of things be.

Until the authors of these studies do start blaming folks my feeling is that these studies will join the mountain of paper on system wide failures in the child welfare system and be promptly forgotten.

Nope. It's not a "whole number of things" that's the problem in the homelessness of children and youth.It's the child welfare system.


There are a lot of kids who need the kind of blame that might result in a kick in the pants to government at all levels.
http://aptnnews.ca/2017/08/09/new-study-suggests-link-between-foster-care-system-and-youth-homelessness/
Aged 13 to 24, homeless youth make up about one-fifth of Canada’s homeless population. In raw numbers, that means there are about 6,500 people in that age cohort experiencing homelessness on any given night.
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As for Serenity? Silence is all there is now.



The suffering of little children like Serenity is forgotten. The child is dead. The politicians have done their work in the #PanelPolitics show that entertained the public that has now gone back to sleep. Silence is all about us. What of Serenity? What of the child?


The mother of a four-year-old girl who died in kinship care in Alberta is sharing newly recovered pictures of the girl with the public and police.
GLOBALNEWS.CA

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http://globalnews.ca/news/3331526/mother-of-young-alberta-girl-who-died-in-care-shares-photos-of-her-final-days/



March 23, 2017 6:38 pm
Updated: March 24, 2017 2:20 pm

Mother of young Alberta girl who died in care shares photos of her final days

By Caley RamsayOnline Journalist Global News
Serenity died in kinship care in 2014 when she was four years old.
Serenity died in kinship care in 2014 when she was four years old.
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The mother of a four-year-old girl who died in kinship care in Alberta is sharing newly recovered pictures of the girl with the public and police.

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Serenity died in Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital in September 2014. Her mother, whose name will not be published, took pictures of her daughter on a cellphone camera about four days before she died. She weighed just 18 pounds.
“It shows my four-and-a-half-year-old in a coma,” Serenity’s mother told Global News on Thursday.
Serenity’s mother said her cellphone suffered water damage and she’s been carrying it around with her for more than two years in hopes she would find someone who could recover the pictures. She was finally able to retrieve them this month.
Serenity’s mom said she was grateful she was able to recover the photos, but added it was an emotional moment.
“I was pretty sad. It just brought me back to one of the worst times in my life. But at the same time I was grateful because if I wouldn’t have recovered them I wouldn’t be able to give them to you guys or the RCMP.”
Serenity’s mother told Global News in December the girl and her two older siblings were taken away from her after she was assaulted by Serenity’s father. After briefly being in the foster system, the children were left in the care of family members under the kinship care program.
News of Serenity’s death emerged in late 2016 when Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocate called for better safeguards in kinship placements.
A report found her to be malnourished, bruised and severely underweight at the time of her death. An Edmonton Journal report said detailed medical records that were denied to the Child and Youth Advocate found Serenity’s body also showed signs of physical and sexual abuse and that she had suffered a massive brain injury.
Serenity’s death raised serious questions about how Alberta manages the treatment of children in government care. An all-party committee has since been formed to explore the circumstances around Serenity’s death.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Serenity’s mother said of the panel. “I think they really need to take a really good look into it. They need to take a look at social workers, everything. The whole nine yards. They need to take things more serious.
“I’m thankful that something’s being done about it I just kind of wish that it didn’t take my daughter in order to do it. But it’s going to save a bunch of lives I think.”
A criminal investigation into the girl’s death was launched and her mother said Thursday she was told by the RCMP that the investigation is ongoing. She has provided the recovered photos to investigators.
“I’m just hoping that out of everything the children who need the care get proper care that they need,” she said.
“I’m grateful. I think Serenity has changed a lot and I’m really thankful for that.”
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Friday she could not comment on the investigation other than to say “the case is with the Crown.”
Ganley said she has seen the pictures of Serenity.

“Those photos are incredibly troubling. I think they’re troubling to all Albertans.”

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I am curious why we have no sort of information on the follow up of this case. Why have we not got a report from the panel? Who is responsible for the failures in this case? Why has no one been disciplined or received penalties for these failures?

What sort of learnings have been achieved from this fatality (if any)?

And why was there no immediate response by the authorities when complaints were received from others about the poor care the children were receiving at this home? Marie in this report is Serenity.

http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/.../InvRev_4-Year-Old-Marie...

Marie at 4 years old
Shortly after Marie’s fourth birthday, the police received a concern that Naomi and
Kolby were unsupervised in the community and appeared to be malnourished. The
police met with Anne and she said the children had tapeworms when they were placed
with her.
Child Intervention Services was notified and the matter was assigned to an Intake
worker.21
Circumstances Surrounding Marie’s Death
Three months later, four-year-old Marie was taken to hospital with an extensive brain
injury. Doctors noted bruising, at various stages of healing, on her body and she was
significantly underweight.22 Her guardians said that Marie had fallen while playing with
her siblings on a swing.
The following day, Naomi and Kolby were interviewed by child intervention staff and
police. They disclosed that Marie was often hit because she was bad, did not listen and
stole food. Naomi and Kolby were apprehended and placed with a relative. Marie was
apprehended and remained in hospital on life support for about one week before she
passed away.
Current Circumstances
Naomi and Kolby have been returned to their mother’s care. The criminal investigation
remains ongoing.
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‪They needed a Study? smh, no-brainer! 😞


A first-of-its-kind study in Canada is drawing a link between youth homelessness levels and the foster care system.
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So the study folks aren't blaming the child welfare system folks:
We’re not calling out child protection services. We’re not pointing fingers going, ‘It’s horrible what you’re doing,”’ Gaetz said.
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So odd.
Is this the entire set up of government? No one blames anyone for substandard work or non-compliances?
If so -it must be nice working for government because you can do crappy work and have folks become homeless --yet you're off the hook.
I'd say let's provide penalties for substandard work in government especially where it involves the most vulnerable citizens such as those in the child welfare system. Let us go beyond penalties to disciplinary action and legal cases. Let us end the soft pedalling of the problems and failures. Let us be clear and determined and put blame where is required. Blame is required here.


A first-of-its-kind study in Canada is drawing a link between youth homelessness levels and the foster care system.
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New study suggests link between foster care system and youth homelessness

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OTTAWA – A first-of-its-kind study in Canada is drawing a link between youth homelessness levels and a foster care system that researchers say could be playing a more active role in keeping young people off the streets.

The study, to be released Wednesday, found nearly three out of every five homeless youth were part of the child welfare system at some point in their lives.

That is a rate almost 200 times greater than that of the general population.

Of those with a history in the child welfare system, almost two of every five respondents eventually “aged out” of provincial or territorial care, losing access to the sort of support that could have kept them from becoming homeless, the study found.

Canada is creating a group of young people who are at higher risk of becoming homeless because they lack resources when coming out of foster care, said Stephen Gaetz, the study’s co-author and director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.

The report urges the federal government to focus on preventing youth homelessness – particularly among Indigenous youth – and provinces and territories to focus on “after care” by providing support as needed until age 25.

“We’re not calling out child protection services. We’re not pointing fingers going, ‘It’s horrible what you’re doing,”’ Gaetz said.

“Rather, we’re saying this is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, but it’s something that we can identify as leading to bad outcomes when young people leave care.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Liberal government’s self-proclaimed minister for youth, may want to champion the issue himself to ensure system-wide changes, he added.

The study, based on a survey of 1,103 young people who were experiencing homelessness in 42 different communities in nine provinces and Nunavut, offers the first national portrait of Canada’s population of homeless youth.

Aged 13 to 24, homeless youth make up about one-fifth of Canada’s homeless population. In raw numbers, that means there are about 6,500 people in that age cohort experiencing homelessness on any given night.

New census data released last week reported some 43,880 youth in foster care in 2016, a decline of about 4,000 from the 47,890 young people Statistics Canada counted in 2011, the first time such data was collected for the census.

The problem is particularly acute for Indigenous youth, who in 2011 made up nearly half of the children in care nationally. Statistics Canada is set to release more census details about Canada’s Aboriginal population later this fall.

The study says that the problems with Indigenous child welfare, which governments have vowed to tackle, highlight the need for structural reforms to help marginalized populations in Canada, such as Indigenous people and new immigrants.

“None of these approaches can be a one-size-fits-all approach,” said study co-author David French, director of policy and planning with A Way Home, a national, anti-youth homelessness coalition.

“So when you speak about Indigenous young people or young people who identify as LGBTQ2S, or new immigrant young people, each of them does require a targeted response underneath a specific strategy.”

LGBTQ2S stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit, the latter term referring specifically to members of the Indigenous community.

Last week’s census figures also showed one in three Canadians aged 20-34 lived with at least one parent in 2016, an increase of five percentage points between 2001 and 2016.

The numbers were particularly acute in some of the country’s hottest housing markets, with one in two young people living with at least one parent in Toronto last year.

Child protection legislation hasn’t kept pace with these social and economic changes that have made it more difficult for young people to live independently, Gaetz said.


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I am surprised that there had to be a study to find a relationship between the child welfare system and homelessness. It would seem to be logical based on the many failures that have been seen in Alberta -the most recent of which has been the case of Serenity.
It's only troubling to me that the study authors were not willing to assign blame.
There is plenty of blame to be assigned.
Failed policies and procedures based on tons of legislation that aren't followed by case workers.
No sort of consistent rigorous oversight.
In Serenity's case, failure to take immediate steps to remove the children when the members of the public complained about their care and earlier, the banning of the mother from contact when she complained.
It's troubling but these problems are written over by the government of Alberta and all we get are groups of politicians doing their publicity to the indifferent public.
In my opinion, children who survive the poor child welfare system in Alberta will end up homeless because where else can they be safe?
A first-of-its-kind study in Canada is drawing a link between youth homelessness levels and a foster care system that researchers say could be playing a more active role in keeping young people off the streets.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/homeless-youth-foster-care-1.4240121


Youth homelessness linked to foster care system in new study

First national portrait of homelessness among 13-to-24-year-olds suggests they make up fifth of homeless

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted: Aug 09, 2017 10:58 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 10:58 AM ET
Youth homelessness is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, says the author of a new Canadian study.
Youth homelessness is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, says the author of a new Canadian study. (CBC News)
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A first-of-its-kind study in Canada is drawing a link between youth homelessness levels and a foster care system that researchers say could be playing a more active role in keeping young people off the streets.
The study, to be released Wednesday, found nearly three out of every five homeless youth were part of the child welfare system at some point in their lives, a rate almost 200 times greater than that of the general population.
Of those with a history in the child welfare system, almost two of every five respondents eventually "aged out" of provincial or territorial care, losing access to the sort of support that could have kept them from becoming homeless, the study found.
Canada is creating a group of young people who are at higher risk of becoming homeless because they lack resources when coming out of foster care, said Stephen Gaetz, the study's co-author and director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.
The report urges the federal government to focus on preventing youth homelessness — particularly among Indigenous youth — and provinces and territories to focus on "after care" by providing support as needed until age 25.
"We're not calling out child protection services. We're not pointing fingers going, 'It's horrible what you're doing,'" Gaetz said.
"Rather, we're saying this is an unintended consequence of a whole number of things, but it's something that we can identify as leading to bad outcomes when young people leave care."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Liberal government's self-proclaimed minister for youth, may want to champion the issue himself to ensure system-wide changes, he added.
The study, based on a survey of 1,103 young people who were experiencing homelessness in 42 different communities in nine provinces and Nunavut, offers the first national portrait of Canada's population of homeless youth.
Aged 13 to 24, homeless youth make up about one-fifth of Canada's homeless population. In raw numbers, that means there are about 6,500 people in that age cohort experiencing homelessness on any given night.

No one size fits all approach

New census data released last week reported some 43,880 youth in foster care in 2016, a decline of about 4,000 from the 47,890 young people Statistics Canada counted in 2011, the first time such data was collected for the census.
The problem is particularly acute for Indigenous youth, who in 2011 made up nearly half of the children in care nationally. Statistics Canada is set to release more census details about Canada's Aboriginal population later this fall.
The study says that the problems with Indigenous child welfare, which governments have vowed to tackle, highlight the need for structural reforms to help marginalized populations in Canada, such as Aboriginals and new immigrants.
"None of these approaches can be a one-size-fits-all approach," said study co-author David French, director of policy and planning with A Way Home, a national, anti-youth homelessness coalition.
"So when you speak about Indigenous young people or young people who identify as LGBTQ2S, or new immigrant young people, each of them does require a targeted response underneath a specific strategy."
LGBTQ2S stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit, the latter term referring specifically to members of the Indigenous community.
Last week's census figures also showed one in three Canadians aged 20-34 lived with at least one parent in 2016, an increase of five percentage points between 2001 and 2016.
The numbers were particularly acute in some of the country's hottest housing markets, with one in two young people living with at least one parent in Toronto last year.
Child protection legislation hasn't kept pace with these social and economic changes that have made it more difficult for young people to live independently, Gaetz said.

The Canadian Press

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