A helping hand

A helping hand

March 23, 2022

23 March 2022

A youth sought our help with retrieving belongings she had left behind at her family home after experiencing physical abuse at the hands of her stepfather.

Issue: Children’s aid society; Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA)

A youth sought our help with retrieving belongings she had left behind at her family home after experiencing physical abuse at the hands of her stepfather.

She told us that she didn’t feel safe returning there without the support of her Children’s Aid Society worker, but she complained that her worker wasn’t prioritizing getting her belongings back. She added she had to borrow a school uniform and did not have access to her homework.

We spoke with the youth’s worker, who committed to accompanying the youth to her former home at a specified time and date. We later followed up with the youth, who told us she was able to retrieve her possessions and felt relieved.

Our Children and Youth Unit staff will listen, review concerns about the experiences and services provided to young people by the child welfare system, and help find solutions. If we can’t help directly, we will refer you to someone who can. Contact us.

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