Homelessness In Canada

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According to the Canadian Encyclopedia four percent of Canada’s population is Aboriginal, and of that four percent, twenty percent are children in the care of the state. There are many different reasons for these children having to leave their homes, including, but not limited to, poverty, inadequate housing, violence and unemployment. The majority of these children are removed from their homes and placed into non-Aboriginal dwellings because it is too difficult to find an Aboriginal home for them due to the fact that many Aboriginal families in Canada right now are facing poverty-like situations. Although most provinces now have in place a type of contract that the new guardians must commit to keeping the children attached to their native…show more content…
Children over the age of 16 were not adopted at all in any of the years, and aged 11-15 adopted less than ten children per year. When these children can not be placed with adopting families they end up in group homes or will go through a number of different foster homes until they reach the age of majority and are deemed as adults by the province. After the age of 16 children have the choice of being placed in a group home, which consists of five to six young people living in a house. They are still required to attend school and are still regularly checked on by social workers until they reach the age of majority, which in Manitoba is eighteen. Some might argue that not all teens are ready to leave a support system at this age, especially those who have mental or physical disabilities. Children who are taken from their homes and placed in the child welfare system lose all support from CFS and are forced to face the challenges of being a young adult on their…show more content…
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