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September 10, 2009
Edmonton… Children and Youth Services is taking steps to move the youth in provincial government care who are receiving services from Bosco Homes to new placements following confirmation that Bosco will discontinue its operations across Alberta.“The number one priority of our ministry and the Child and Family Services Authorities (CFSAs) and Delegated First Nation Agencies (DFNAs) is to find appropriate placements for the youth affected by this decision,” said Children and Youth Services Minister Janis Tarchuk. “While the decision by Bosco Homes is disappointing, we respect the right of their board to do what they feel is in the best interest of their organization.”
Approximately 80 youth in provincial government care are currently receiving supports and services from Bosco Homes in Alberta through contract agreements with CFSAs and DFNAs. The Director of Child Welfare and the Child and Youth Advocate are working closely with the CFSAs, DFNAs and Bosco Homes staff to ensure a smooth transition plan for all affected youth prior to the closure of the Bosco facilities.
“Through working with our various partners, we will secure new appropriate placements that ensure the continued safety and well-being of the 80 youth involved,” said Tarchuk. “Children and youth come into and leave care daily. Our system has the capacity to address this change and continue to deliver the supports these youth need.”
The Ministry recently advised Bosco that unless Bosco could develop a solution to outstanding community concerns in Strathcona County, youth in provincial government care would need to be moved from the Ranch. The Ministry expressed a willingness to work with Bosco on developing solutions and indicated it was willing to continue placing youth in care in other facilities run by Bosco.
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