Manitoba government vowing to reduce number of kids in care – Winnipeg

The Manitoba government is looking to reduce the number of children in care and the length of time they spend in care in the province.

Provincial Families Minister Scott Fielding said the government is overhauling the system to include faster assessments, customary care and expanded permanent guardian subsidies.

There are currently close to 11,000 children in care in Manitoba and 60 per cent of this kids are permanent wards of the province.

The province said it needs to reduce the red tape in making emergency care plans for kids who have been seized.

It said it can take up to 130 days before children are assessed and have any meaningful movement.

The government also wants to find a way to return more kids to their guardians when it is deemed safe.

When there are concerns, Fielding said they want to ensure permanent homes and guardians are found more quickly.

 

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