N.W.T. foster parents not screened, kids neglected: Report

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, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

A scathing federal report on Child and Family Services in the Northwest Territories has found that foster parents are rarely screened and social workers aren't following up on reports of kids at risk.

The auditor general's report found that in 69% of cases, foster parents were not properly screened with reference letters and criminal background checks.

In 81% of cases, authorities did not do the mandatory annual checkups on children in foster homes.

It also found that 28% of reports of children at risk were never investigated at all.

The auditor general's recommendations include that the territory's Department of Child and Family Services better train its employees, make sure it is adequately staffed and try to help families get access to programs that will help them keep their children at home, when possible.

"The recommendations of the (auditor general) confirm that we are moving in the right direction to reform the system in the best interests of our children," said territorial Health Minister Glen Abernethy.


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