CBC: CFS hotel housing ban could leave kids stranded, Winnipeg professor says
The CBC reports online and on the radio about Child and Family Services’ (CFS) use of hotel rooms. University of Manitoba professor Cheryl Rocke provided CBC with her insights.
Cathy Rocke used to work for CFS and worries what may happen to children who need emergency care, particularly in remote communities, with the hotel ban in place.
“I wonder, are they going to stop bringing kids into care? Are we going to have some kids coming in and staying in jail cells? Are we going to have … kids staying in, you know, agency offices?”
Rocke said children end up in hotels because of a lack of emergency placements. She isn’t confident eliminating the hotel option will result in the creation of more safe emergency care options.
“We need a safe place for them to be,” said Rocke, who is also a professor of social work at the University of Manitoba.