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The BC government declared the Foundry Prince George location open on Thursday along with dozens of community members and local residents. The $3 million wellness centre is set to provide struggling youth ages 12 to 24, and their families, with supports in battling mental illness. Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy says places like Foundry is how the new NDP government wants to approach the stigma. “It’s about bringing all of the services together; mental health, substance use, access to primary care, as well as support systems like housing, counseling, and so on. We need to surround youth with all the services we possibly can in order to give them the best possible start to their lives.” Despite the previous Liberal government starting the initiative, Darcy adds it’s about taking ideas from around the world to utilize the best care possible. “There is absolutely more that we can do! One of our first announcements was that youth who were aging out of care would have free access to post-secondary education. That’s really a continuation of just giving the best possible opportunities in life for our most vulnerable young people.”
The percentage of Baltimore youths charged as adults and then transferred to juvenile court has more than doubled since 2014, according to data from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. This is partly the result of a 2013 Juvenile Services policy, which ended the practice of holding Baltimore youths charged as adults in adult facilities. The 2013 policy was then broadened in 2015, when Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed House Bill 618 into law, ending the practice statewide of holding juveniles in adult facilities, with some exceptions. These laws were celebrated by many advocacy groups, whose support helped get them passed. "The fact that youth automatically charged as adults are getting their cases transferred down to the juvenile system is a good thing," said Christina Williams, director of public policy for Community Law In Action, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that advocates for community change. "It means that youth, who are often coming into the justice system with years of trauma, can receive services more quickly that will assist in rehabilitating them," she said.
Figures from police forces across the UK show there were 450 incidents reported last year, up from 181 in 2014-15, 5 live Investigates found. Families with disabled children described being targeted online and verbally abused in the street. The Home Office said the rise was due to better reporting and more victims willing to come forward. A disability hate crime is defined as anything from online abuse to physical violence in which the victim was targeted because of their disability. 5 live Investigates sent Freedom of Information requests to all 45 police forces in the UK, to find out how often these incidents were happening, and 29 of them provided full responses. Overall the number of disability hate crimes increased by 101%, from 1,531 in 2014-15, to 3,079 in 2016-17. But the crimes against children increased at an even greater rate. The incidents reported to police range from verbal and online abuse to arson and even violent, physical attacks. A Home Office spokesman said: "All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable and the UK has some of the strongest laws in the world to tackle it. "Our hate crime action plan has improved the response of law enforcement and the criminal justice system to these horrendous attacks. "We are still concerned that disability hate crime is significantly under-reported by victims, and that is why the government is working with community groups to raise awareness of how to report it amongst, disabled people, their carers and families."
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law three bills that recognize young people’s vulnerability to abuse and their capacity to grow and mature, Human Rights Watch said today. The bills, signed on October 11, 2017, will protect children in police custody, limit prison terms for youth and young adults, and offer young people a chance to rebuild their lives. “California is acting on research showing that our brains don’t mature until our mid-20s. These bills will ensure that the state’s youth are protected and given a second chance,” said Elizabeth Calvin, senior children’s rights advocate at Human Rights Watch. “California’s children and youth deserve the hope and real opportunities these new laws will give them.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed A.B. 811, a bill that would have required the government to provide youth in state care – be they juvenile halls or foster homes – with reasonable access to computers and the Internet for educational purposes. In some cases, juveniles would also have been able to use computers to stay in touch with their families and for extracurricular and social activities. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Mike Gipson, was supported by the Youth Law Center, EFF, and Facebook, and received no opposition when it landed on the governor's desk. More than 250 supporters sent letters to the legislature and the governor asking for this bill to become law. The good news is that Brown took the concept to heart. In vetoing the bill [PDF], he left the door open for future legislation: "While I agree with this bill's intent, the inclusion of state facilities alone will cost upwards of $15 million for infrastructure upgrades. Also, the reasonable access standard in this bill is vague, and could lead to implementation questions on top of the potentially costly state mandate created by the legislation. I therefore urge the proponents to revisit the local aspects of this bill in the future, taking these concerns under advisement. In the meantime, I am directing the Department of Juvenile Justice to present a plan in the coming year to provide computer and Internet access as soon as is practicable, and that can be budgeted for accordingly.
Youth homelessness is a challenge for every community in the country. The Government of Canada is committed to promoting innovation and investing in projects that give every Canadian, including youth, a real and fair chance at success. Today, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $129,248 to the community organization Cirque Hors Piste for its project Créations collectives. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the innovative project which uses circus arts as a social intervention and reintegration tool among youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Créations collectives is based on a "social circus" intervention model and aims to help marginalized youth transition to the workforce by developing skills like punctuality, discipline and time management. The Montreal organization received funding through the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness stream under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). Cirque Hors Piste has entered into partnership agreements with various organizations such as Cirque du Soleil and the École de travail social de l'Université de Montréal. Given its rigorous approach, the project could serve as a model for other youth organizations working in different environments; the proposed approach includes the collection of data and the implementation of an action plan for each participant. The project is one of many to have received funding through the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness stream under the HPS. The overall funding to be allocated through this funding stream is approximately $12.75 million; $750,000 for microgrants and $12 million for contributions.
Ninety children are being taken into care every day in England and Wales and it's claimed social workers are "firefighting" the most serious cases late into the night. Prof Ray Jones, who works in social services improvement, says staff fear children slip through the net as they try to keep up with rising pressures. Latest government figures show 32,810 children were taken into care in 2017. Ministers said extra money was being targeted towards improving services. The total number of children in care is a record 72,670 – up 3% on 2016. Council bosses, who are responsible for child protection services, say it's the biggest rise in seven years. The Local Government Association, which is taking part in a conference on care services in Bournemouth, says it comes as children's services face a £2bn a year funding gap by 2020. Prof Jones said: "What I am hearing from social workers is that they are having to spend most of the time 'firefighting' with the most serious concerns that get presented to them. He added: "Secondly, something that social workers are telling me is that they are closing down cases very quickly or even turning them away. And they are not able to work through potential cases where children are unhappy and distressed, because they are having to concentrate on cases where there is an immediate danger." Richard Watts, chairman of the LGA's children and young people board, said: "Children's services are at a tipping point with growing demand for support combining with ongoing council funding pressures to become unsustainable. "Last year saw the biggest rise in the number of children in care for seven years. "With 90 children coming into care every day, our calls for urgent funding to support these children and invest in children and their families are becoming increasingly urgent."
The Child Development Agency (CDA) received a boost to its effort to strengthen its capacity to adequately address the needs of youth in care as well as those transitioning out of care. Twenty-nine officers from the CDA trained as Trainers in Life Skills in 2015, under the Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care (TLP-CSC) project recently participated in a refresher training session at the Alpha Boy's Institute in Kingston. The TLP-CSC project is a six year project that was initiated in 2014, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the aim to improve the independent living outcomes of children in State care through direct interventions with children and strengthening of the capacity of the CDA. The project uses a multidimensional approach to preparing children in care of the State to transition into independent living, including life skills coaching, support for vocational skills training, mentoring and provision of transitional housing. The life skills component aims to equip children in State care with the necessary skills and knowledge for independent living.
Experts call for action over unhealthy food as data shows more than tenfold rise in number of obese children over the past four decades. Childhood obesity is soaring across the world, increasing more than tenfold over the past four decades, putting many millions at risk of poor health and an early death, according to the biggest ever analysis of the data. Alongside the report, and also Monday’s story in the Guardian revealing that the global cost of obesity will be $1.2tn by 2025, the World Health Organisation is calling for every country to act, taking on Big Food to avoid the mounting human and economic costs of obesity-related ill-health in years to come. The new data from Imperial College London, which is published in the Lancet medical journal, shows that in 1975 there were five million obese girls, but by last year there were 50 million. The number of obese boys has risen from six million to 74 million in the same period. The largest increase in obese children and adolescents aged five to 19 since 1975 has been in East Asia, the affluent English-speaking countries of the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, an the Middle East and North Africa. As poor countries – particularly in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean – have become wealthier, children who were mostly underweight have also become mostly overweight.
Over the next three years, the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD) will spend R874 million on social infrastructure investment.Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said “We know that social infrastructure development will enable universal access to social service delivery in response to the pressing needs of vulnerable groups of Gauteng citizens in particular. This includes access to Early Childhood Development Programmes by Gauteng’s children under five years of age, access to alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment programmes, access to residential and day-care programmes for our older persons and people with disabilities, access to victim empowerment programmes by women and children who have experienced abuse, access to child and youth care centres to ensure the safety and development of our children, and diversion of youth who have been in conflict with the law. Equally important is access to proper office accommodation with a conducive work environment for our employees,” explained Mayathula-Khoza.
City council will support another year of Kingston Penitentiary tours and the local United Way is excited knowing the programs the tickets are supporting are making a difference. In May 2016 the tours started in partnership with the Correctional Service Canada and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. The tours ran from June to October and had 60,000 visitors. It generated a net profit of $640,000, of which half went to the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and half went to destination marketing. So far this year there have been 80,579 visitors and the tours have generated $2,940,000 in revenue. Staff expects the tours will generate more than $3.3 million by the end of October when they are scheduled to end. The net profit is expected to be $1.5 million to be split 50/50 between the United Way KFLA and destination marketing. Bhavana Varma, president and CEO of the United Way KFLA, said the contributions are huge for their youth programing. "For us, this is money that we can invest in addition to the regular funding that we give agencies," Varma said. "This is also like an injection of some very special funds for innovative pilot programs that the community has designed and we're seeing the impact on the youth in our community. "We're starting to see declines in some of the issues that we are facing." Proof is in the numbers. Varma said the number of youth not in education, workplace or training has declined from 2,400 to 2,000. The programs include an awareness program designed by youth displayed around schools explaining to youth where they can go for support. Another program being supported is a family mediation counsellor. Out of 40 families last year who worked with a counsellor only two youth turned to the streets, Varma said.
The best teachers need to be encouraged to work in pupil referral units in order to give the most vulnerable children a good education and create new benchmarks for working with children at risk of exclusion, a think-tank has said. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research – called Making the Difference – argues that a career development programme that gives school leaders the skills needed to support pupils who have been or are in danger of exclusion could help thousands of vulnerable young people and save the state billions. The proposed programme would recruit teachers with some leadership experience and place them in leadership positions within "good" or "outstanding" rated alternative provision schools on two-year contracts. During their two-year placement they would undertake training about how best to re-engage excluded pupils and help them address challenges such as mental health needs and poor literacy and numeracy. After completing their placement, the programme would help them return to a leadership role in a mainstream school. The IPPR said the programme would help address the shortage of teachers with frontline experience in alternative provision and spread knowledge about how to prevent exclusions in mainstream schools.
Nunavut’s Representative for Children and Youth Office has launched a formal review of the territorial government’s mental health services for youth. The representative of children and youth, Sherry McNeil-Mulak, announced the review Oct. 5 – her office’s first since it formed two years ago. Concerns over Nunavut’s lack of mental health services have been raised in every community visited by McNeil-Mulak’s office, she said in an Oct. 5 release. “Through our individual advocacy cases, we have seen the serious impact that a lack of child and youth mental health services is having on young Nunavummiut,” McNeil-Mulak said. “This investigative review will give a clear picture of what it is like to be a young person in need of mental health services in this territory and make recommendations to the Government of Nunavut for needed improvements.” McNeil-Mulak pointed to articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which highlight the right to adequate health care, including mental health services. “With this review, we are working to ensure this right is upheld and respected,” she said. As part of its investigation, the office will conduct interviews with stakeholders and review extensive documentation, with the goal of developing “practicable” recommendations for the Government of Nunavut. The office has notified Nunavut’s health department of the upcoming review, which will start right away, said McNeil-Mulak, whose role is that of an independent officer of the legislative assembly. The review is expected to take a year to complete.
A significant percentage of mothers who repeatedly lose children to the care system for adoption are care leavers themselves, new research suggests. In a study which has now been published under the title 'Vulnerable Mother and Recurrent Care Proceedings', a team of researchers from Lancaster University examined the life histories of 354 young mothers living in 52 legal authority regions. Between them the mothers had appeared in a 851 care cases. This information was boosted with general population data and personal interviews with 72 women. They discovered that 40 per cent of the mothers involved in multiple care proceedings had themselves been in care homes or foster care. More than 53 per cent of the women had been sexually abused as children and 64 per cent had become mothers while still teenagers and struggled as a result, with little professional or family support. Many of the young mothers also had emotional problems as a result of traumatic childhoods. In the majority of cases (60 per cent), the children had been taken away by social workers immediately after birth.
An online peer-to-peer public awareness campaign aimed at helping Western New York youth deal with mental health and substance abuse is celebrating a successful first year and turning its focus towards expansion. JustTellOne.org launched in November 2016 as a home for video content, referral services, and online resources. It’s core message and content encourages teens and young adults age 14 to 26 who may be struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse to “just tell one” person about their issues as a step towards finding help. In less than a year, the website saw more than 33,000 page views and its videos on Facebook attained more than one million views. With that success under its belt, JustTellOne.org is expanding its services and staff in what it’s referring to as Phase II. Part of Phase II is the availability of JustTellOne.org’s tool kits for mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide in seven languages other than English. Doggett said the languages – which include Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Karen, Nepalese, Somali, and Spanish – were chosen based on insight from Millennium Collaborative Care and other community partners.
The Scottish government is planning to raise the age to 12 from its current level, which is the lowest in Europe, next year. This follows a raising of the minimum age for prosecution in Scotland from eight to 12 in March 2011. But children's commissioner Bruce Adamson says this will still leave Scotland lagging behind more than 40 countries, which have all set the age of criminal responsibility above the age of 12, including Columbia, Brazil and Norway. "I think most people would be quite shocked to hear that we're the lowest in the world still, and that 12, which the Government is putting forward as a solution, still puts us the lowest in the world," said Adamson in an interview with inews. He added: "I've been spending time in some of the Nordic countries that we like to compare ourselves to, and generally they set theirs at about 15. I think it needs to be somewhere between 12 and 18." A move to 15 would place Scotland's age of criminal responsibility significantly higher than in England, Wales and Northern Ireland where it is currently set at 10.
Former Innu Nation deputy Grand Chief Simeon Tsakapesh is dismayed the inquiry into Innu children in foster care hasn't gone ahead yet. The inquiry was originally announced by the provincial government and then Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee, with both saying they would make every effort to have the inquiry initiated by Sept. 30, 2017. "I need some answers because I lost my son over their system so I need to know," Tsakapesh said at a mental health awareness event in Happy Valley Goose Bay on Wednesday. Tsakapesh called for the inquiry after his son Thunderheart Napeu Tsakapesh died by suicide in May. In a written statement, Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich, who was elected in August, said it is important for the inquiry to begin soon because "Innu families have lost too many youth and children to the child welfare system." Rich said they are waiting for a response from the federal government right now regarding its participation in the inquiry.
A report published by the Carnegie Trust UK challenges the assumption that all young people have basic digital skills and are digitally literate. The findings of the first phase of #NotWithoutMe, a programme of digital inclusion for vulnerable young people are drawn from four, year-long pilot projects run across the UK (two based in England, one in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland). The report found that many young people do not have basic digital skills, in particular vulnerable young people are in need of additional support. Digital exclusion is a significant challenge and reduces their long-term wellbeing. The report offers a number of recommendations including using inclusive language, a flexible approach to delivery by practitioners, and a base level measurement to understand the true starting point.
A bill awaiting California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature would end mandatory, life-in-prison sentences for youth offenders in the state. Under the proposed law, Senate Bill 394, anyone under the age of 18 with a life sentence now or in the future would be entitled to a parole hearing by their 25th year of incarceration. It would help California catch up with a growing number of states that have banned the sentencing practice known as a juvenile life without parole (LWOP) sentence, which the Supreme Court has deemed unconstitutional. Brown has until October 15th to sign the bill, which passed the California state senate by a wide margin earlier this month. “Young people have a huge capacity to learn and change, and even those who commit crimes deserve a second chance. SB 394 will allow the parole board to take another look at people sentenced decades before, and it keeps us on the path to restore the value of rehabilitation to our criminal justice system,” State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) told The Chronicle of Social Change in an emailed statement. Lara authored the bill with state Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), including it in a package of three other bills aimed at reshaping the juvenile justice system in California.
A peer mentoring programme is set to be launched across schools and youth clubs in Camden. The programme, created through a partnership between Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA), Mind in Camden and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust will train young people as mentors for children who are two or more years younger than them. "By the end of the first year, we aim to have worked with eight schools or youth clubs, trained 80 peer mentors, and engaged 160 mentees over 480 sessions," said Emilios Lemoniatis, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the trust. Andre Schott, director of FYA, said recruitment of young mentors will begin next week, to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Professionals will then start working alongside them to co-produce the content for future workshops. The chief executive of Mind in Camden, Brian Dawn described the initiative as "guided self-help". He said the peer mentors will support their "mentees", by helping them to do "life-enhancing things, such as improve their problem-solving skills, reduce isolation and increase their self-confidence".
Literature shows juvenile justice system involvement is associated with high risk of various mental and physical health disorders among teenagers, with mortality rates of 4 times those of adolescents who have not been involved with the system. This population represents a potentially large burden on health care services as estimates suggest 1 in 5 adolescents under age 18 are arrested for charges other than minor traffic violations. Researchers in this study aimed to determine if ED and hospital visits were higher among adolescents with recent justice system involvement. They also stratified care facility use rates by health condition to see if adolescents with specific diseases were more likely to present to the hospital. Results showed adolescents with any level of justice system involvement in the past year were more likely to have visited the ED or been hospitalized than adolescents without juvenile justice contact. Among those with recent justice system involvement, adolescents with substance use disorders or asthma had the highest rates of ED encounters. This study relied on self-reporting for data collection and thus may be subject to underreporting of justice system involvement, mental health disorders, and substance abuse. Data from adolescents who were institutionalized during the study period were not included, which may have resulted in underestimation of care facility use. This study highlights the need for support systems connecting adolescents with justice system involvement to timely, appropriate primary care, behavioral health and social service resources to reduce rates of acute care use.
In advance of the budget, Barnardos has launched a campaign urging the Government to invest in services that would protect and encourage children’s development and potential – a key step in tackling Ireland’s extremely high child poverty rates. Barnardos CEO, Fergus Finlay said: “Children are being profoundly and negatively affected by many of the challenges currently facing our society – one in nine children live in consistent poverty, over 3,000 children are currently homeless, thousands of children endure excessively long waits for medical assessment and treatment. "We know that these challenges and barriers in early years massively impact a child’s development and potential in life. The Government must ensure quality services are available when and where they are needed – the lives of children hang in the balance. Head of Advocacy, June Tinsley added: “Many children in Ireland start out in life with their development hampered and their potential already limited because of where they live, their household income or other life circumstances. Tragically, this is preventable. Having proper supports in place can mean the difference between poverty and stability, a safe home or homelessness, health and development or illness and delay. Through supporting parents and guaranteeing quality public services, we can enable children and young people to write their own future and fulfil their potential. Budget 2018 must commit to protecting children; ensuring supports are in place to give every child the opportunity to thrive.”
More youth in Chatham-Kent will have a safe place to sleep thanks to a new provincially-funded program coming to the municipality. Council unanimously approved a motion at Monday night’s meeting to bring the Homes First for Youth Program to Chatham-Kent. The program will provide youth ages 16 to 25 with a permanent home in the community of their choice, along with support systems in place to help them become self-sufficient. A report, which was presented to council, states that funding will be provided for eight portable housing benefits annually through the Canadian Mental Health Association in Lambton-Kent. House of Sophrosyne will also be provided with funding for five portable housing benefits annually. Chatham-Kent will be hiring three full-time permanent youth intensive case managers, one full-time permanent administrative assistant, and one full-time permanent supervisor position. All five positions are 100% provincially funded. The program is run under the Home for Good Initiative, which is a homelessness focused program that supports the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025. The program is designed to prioritize youth experiencing chronic homelessness, Indigenous youth, youth transitioning from correctional facilities or child protection agencies, as well as youth with addiction or mental health concerns.
The Child Case Management System (CCMS) is making a significant impact in improving the management of information pertaining to the care and protection of the nation's children. The system, being implemented by the Child Development Agency (CDA), is part of efforts by the Government to strengthen the delivery of services to children, particularly those in the child protection system. Team Leader for the CDA's South East Region, Morvetia Hunter, says that since the introduction of the pilot in August 2015, the software has made a tremendous impact on operations by reducing duplication of efforts and ensuring that cases are properly monitored. She notes that the system has created a greater level of efficiency and accountability as well as improving record keeping, as information for all case files is stored on a central system, making it easily accessible by all relevant stakeholders. This, in turn, has improved communication within the CDA's regional offices. “Rather than going to a desk and talking to an officer, we can go on the system where we can see what has taken place in terms of treatment or assessment for this child and rather than reinventing the wheel we continue the process. It is a one-stop-shop where you can access everything,” Hunter points out.
Carers who voluntarily look after younger relatives to stop them being taken into care are being denied thousands of pounds in welfare entitlements as a result of the two-child benefit cap, despite government promises to exempt them. Campaigners have called on ministers to change rules whereby kinship carers who act as guardians for at least two children are refused child tax credits and maternity grants when they decide to have a child of their own. Ministers promised kinship carers a year ago they would not be subject to the two-child policy after a defeat over the issue in the House of Lords. However, it has emerged that the exemption only applies to carers who have birth children first and then become guardian to a third child – not the other way around. Although in such cases the third child is the carer’s first birth child, officials have blocked child tax credit payments worth £2,780 a year because the claimant is considered to have breached the two-child limit that came into force in April. Melanie Onn, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, said it was unjust that kinship carers who had made great personal sacrifices to care for relatives – and saved the state hundreds of thousands of pounds in fostering costs – were refused financial support. “It’s unfair for people who have given up large parts of their life to take care of their close family. They do that with commitment and love, and without regret. To see them having children of their own and then having state support denied seems so incredibly unfair.”
The number of children in care has risen at its fastest rate in five years while the number of children being adopted continues to fall, official figures have revealed. Department for Education statistics released today show that for the year ending 31 March 2017 the number of looked after children rose by 3.2 per cent in the space of 12 months. The figures show there were 72,670 children in care in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, compared with 70,440 the year before and 69,480 in 2015. The 3.2 per cent increase is the largest in five years, since the figure jumped from 65,510 in 2011 to 67,070 in 2012, a rise of 4.1 per cent. In addition, the proportion of children in care has risen to the highest level on record. Currently, 62 out of every 10,000 children are in care. The figure had remained at 60 since 2013. The lowest figure in recent history was in 2008, when 54 out of every 10,000 children were in care. Meanwhile, the number of children being placed for adoption continues to fall, with the end of March 2017 figure of 4,350 down on the previous 12 months' figure of 4,690 and markedly down on 2015's tally of 5,360.
The committee overseeing a review into the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care in the ACT is still searching for Indigenous representation a year after it was established. The child and youth protection quality assurance and improvement (CYPQAI) committee is "designed to ensure better outcomes for children whose safety is at risk from abuse or neglect", according to the terms of reference. In June, ACT minister for youth Rachel Stephen-Smith announced the review into what's been described as an "unacceptable" over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care. While making up just three per cent of the ACT's entire child population, Indigenous children account for 26 per cent of children in out of home care. Aboriginal youth centre Gugan Gulwan's executive director Kim Davison warned the review would fail without Indigenous representation. Ms Davison said she had been invited to meet with the government in the coming week about the review, but had no knowledge of the CYPQAI committee overseeing it. She said she would be questioning the government on the committee and its lack of Indigenous representatives. "This review will not be successful if we are not involved. Simple as that," Ms Davison said.
Organizations in six Connecticut cities and towns will receive a total of $750,000 in federal grant money aimed at preventing addiction among young people. The grants were announced Friday by the state's congressional delegation. Each organization will receive $125,000 through the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The groups are based in Torrington, Enfield, East Haddam, Naugatuck, Durham and Bridgeport. A joint statement from the state's two senators and five representatives, all Democrats, says the state is experiencing a "harrowing scourge" of drug use and prevention efforts are a step toward safer communities.