June 25, 2014 9:06 am
Updated: June 25, 2014 1:56 pm

Children with addicted parents need more help from government: Report


WATCH: Turpel-Lafond talks to BC1.

VANCOUVER – A B.C. children’s advocate is urging the provincial government to do more to protect children from their drug-addicted and alcoholic parents.

At the heart of Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s report is a 10-year-old boy who received serious head and spinal injuries in a car crash where both his mother and her boyfriend had been drinking.

The report says B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development must ensure the best interests of the child are always the focus of care plans. She says the ministry had received five child protection reports about the boy in nine years but failed to take adequate steps protect him.

Children’s minister Stephanie Cadieux is commenting on a new report, saying B.C.’s social workers are becoming more aware of addiction.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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