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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

B.C. paying foster parents instead of supporting struggling families, experts say

When it comes to child welfare, social work experts and parents in B.C. say we’re investing in the wrong end of the system — pouring money into foster care instead of offering adequate support to vulnerable families, many of whom are Indigenous.

“We’re willing to give strangers just about anything to look after kids,” says Jeannine Carriere, a social work professor at the University of Victoria, who is M├ętis. “But we have this blockage when it comes to supporting families.”

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