July 7, 2015

Following today's appearance by Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Vancouver City Council today adopted the following Resolution:

A. THAT Vancouver City Council call on the British Columbia Government to:

    a. Extend the option of foster care to the age of 24, and end the practice of automatic aging out of the system;

    b. Create a "Secure Care" system for vulnerable children and youth;

    c. Add more Rapid Response capacity to ensure that action happens quickly when a child or youth is at serious risk;

    d. Quickly adopt and implement all recommendations from the May 2015 report from the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth entitled, "Paige's Story: Abuse, Indifference and a Young Life Discarded".

B. THAT City staff report back in Fall 2015 with progress underway to implementing recommendations from the May 2015 report from the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth entitled, "Paige's Story: Abuse, Indifference and a Young LIfe Discarded", related to the City of Vancouver, and prgress to create a Regional Youth Secretariat in partnership with the BC Government and Metro Municipalities.