Thursday, December 4, 2014
Youth Shelter in Maple Ridge closes down
The Vancouver Province is reporting that a youth shelter in Maple Ridge is closing down because funding cuts by the federal government. A local advocate claimed "This closure is pretty much guaranteeing that girls who are fleeing abusive homes or relationships are going to be in danger of violent men like pimps, johns and abusers who prey on girls when they’re on their own."
I have mixed feelings on this. If a child is getting physically or sexually assaulted at home or if their parents are crack heads, then that is a matter for social services. Foster homes are in place to deal with this. We know from past experience that these kind of group homes in Prince George have been a disaster enabling kids to leave home because they don't like the rules, go on welfare and not have to go to school. Social workers from those homes contacted me and complained that those kids have no consequences whatsoever. They don't have to go to school.
In the web site it claims that Iron Horse Youth Safe House in Maple Ridge provides a safe place to live for youth aged 13 to 18 for up to 30 days. Yet the Vancouver Province article quotes a girl who has stayed there for the past three months. Again, if someone is genuinely being physically or sexually assaulted at home that need to be addressed. However, kids need to stay in school.