FAR appeared before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 89, The Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017. The main points in our Submission are:
- When a child can no longer live in their family home due to the child’s addiction and/or mental health conditions, they should receive a full mental health assessment and the child should be placed in residential treatment with the purpose of treating the child and family and reuniting the family as soon as possible. The reality today is that these children end up homeless, in the care of Children’s Aid Societies without receiving an assessment or treatment, or in youth detention.
- The legislation, as drafted and as applied, must comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.