I keep hearing or reading that the B.C. Ministry of Children and Families needs more funding to deliver services. The majority of children taken into care and maintained there is the result of one thing and one thing only: poverty.
For a fraction of what it costs to keep a child in care these children could be maintained in their loving parents’ homes (this could be done for pennies on the dollar). By doing this we eliminate one of the largest problems facing our society, children aging out of care. Children don’t age out of their birth parents homes, they are loved forever.
We don’t need an inquiry we need one immediate systematic change. We need a federal system that rewards the provinces for every child that is maintained in it’s natural home not the current system that rewards the provinces for every child they successfully adopt out.
Stuart R. Stirling