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Children's representative should be able to help vulnerable youth longer: report

May 04 2012

B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth should be given expanded powers to advocate for vulnerable youth until they reach age 24, a new report says.

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth made the recommendation after reviewing the law that governs the representative's office.

The report notes that the current rules inhibit Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's ability to advocate for young people once they turn 19. This has created problems, particularly when trying to help youth with developmental disabilities as they entered adulthood and responsibility for their care shifted from the children's ministry to Community Living B.C.

The committee says Turpel-Lafond should be able to advocate for young people transitioning to CLBC until they are 24, and to help young adults who received services from the Ministry of Children and Family Development in the 15 months prior to their 19th birthday.

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