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Giesbrecht: Homeless child welfare wards – Winnipeg Sun

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201872 Views

More than half of Winnipeg’s Indigenous homeless population are former wards of Child and Family Services.

A former CFS ward explained on CBC that the 50% figure was too low, not taking into account the significant number of former wards who “couch surf”. That is, having no home they rely on the kindness of acquaintances (or, more ominously- strangers) for a place to sleep. Although not counted as one of the homeless, they are just a small step away from being in that category.

And it gets even worse than that.

At least half of the Indigenous children in care are referred to as being “developmentally delayed” – a code word used by child welfare bureaucrats. It means children born with irreversible brain damage caused by alcohol in their mother’s womb at a crucial time, resulting in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). When these unfortunate children turn 18, there are some special programs and services available to them to delay the day when they must leave the child welfare system.

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