KELOWNA, B.C. – The family of a foster child who was to be moved from the only home he’s ever known has learned the Ministry of Child and Family Development decision is being investigated by an external agency.
Nancy Ross, the great-aunt of the 11-year-old boy, says she has learned from the B.C. Ombudsperson’s office that an external review is underway.
While the Ombudsmen’s office and the Representative for Children and Youth can investigate the Ministry, neither would confirm involvement, citing privacy laws.
Ross has begun a petition to have an external body established that would investigate decisions in the future.
The Ross family are hopeful the foster home in Kelowna where two boys call home will remain open following the investigation.
They say the Koester family have been granted a temporary contract to keep the boys in their care.
Oril Ross says that contract expires at the end of August.
The Ministry would not comment about the case.
“Due to privacy laws, the ministry is unable to comment on specific cases,” says spokesperson Sheldon Johnson.