VICTORIA (November 20, 2018) – BC Liberal Critic for Children and Family Development Laurie Throness has released the following statement in recognition of National Child Day and B.C. Child and Youth Day:
“Today we recognize National Child Day and B.C. Child and Youth Day – opportunities to re-affirm our commitment to protecting children and upholding their rights.
“Across our communities, we all share in the responsibility of protecting children. As elected representatives, we have particular duty to look out for our society’s most vulnerable young people, including children in care and youth battling mental health and addictions.
“National Child Day and B.C. Child and Youth Day also take place during Adoption Awareness Month in British Columbia. Throughout this month, we celebrate adoptive families while recognizing that there are still hundreds of B.C. children and youth in government care waiting to join forever families.
“We know that young people do best in stable, loving homes. A key part of protecting young British Columbians is ensuring an adequate number of high-quality foster homes while working to connect children and youth with adoptive families. And our work doesn’t stop when British Columbians turn 19. We must also ensure youth aging out of care are protected with continuing support.
“Today and every day, we will work hard on behalf of young British Columbians.”