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Foster Child's death being investigated, Edmonton, Canada

Postby Frustrated » Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:48 am

This is really sad case that a Foster child had to die under the care of a foster parent
and that CPS there are having serious problem now since a foster child has died ... d=23572047

The death of a child who was in foster care in the Edmonton area is being investigated by the Department of Children and Youth Services and the RCMP.

The child was taken to hospital in serious condition Monday and died Wednesday, said Stuart Elson, who speaks for the department.

The cause of death and details about the child were not released.

The child’s natural parents have been advised of the death, Elson said.

Yvonne Fritz, the minister of children and youth services, is expected to provide further details Thursday.

2nd probe in a month

This is the second major investigation ordered by the Children and Youth Services Department in a month.

In February, a Calgary foster father was charged with several offences, with police alleging he offered money to three underage boys in his care in exchange for sex acts. Police believe the man took care of 55 foster children, all boys, over the past 20 years.

Fritz closed the foster home and ordered an immediate review of the case.

The province has come under harsh criticism for its handling of the Children and Youth Services Department, and New Democratic Party MLA Brian Mason said the latest incident is part of a worrisome trend.

'Things are not going to get better'

"Without knowing of course the specifics of this case, I am quite sure that when they're cutting millions of dollars out of the children's services budget, especially for enforcement, that things are not going to get better."

In the provincial budget brought down Feb. 9, the Children and Youth Services Department was cut $36 million, with nearly $28 million coming from child intervention services. Spending for foster care was increased $1 million to $163 million.

Alberta needs to provide more support and more stringent screening for foster parents, Mason said.

"[It's] an ongoing problem for which the government needs to act, and act quickly," he said.
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