December 2, 2016 10:41 am
Updated: December 2, 2016 11:18 pm

Teen who recently aged out of government care found dead in Surrey tent

BC's new children's watchdog says it's not hard to be shocked and outraged at the death in a tent of a 19-year-old girl who had just "aged out" of government c care. Jill Bennett has more.

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A teenager who recently aged out of government care has been found dead in Surrey.

The Representative for Children and Youth, Bernard Richard, says the 19-year-old aboriginal girl was found in a tent in a wooded area popular with the homeless.

Toxicology reports will determine if the death was drug or alcohol-related.

“These are circumstances that are troubling for any British Columbian I’m sure,” Richard told CKNW. “It’s hard not to be shocked and outraged by this kind of senseless death of a young person, and particularly when it involves children who have been in care.”

Richard adds that it’s time to re-think support for teens who are leaving government care and provide more service to help them through the transition period.

 

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