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No home. No options: Ontario Indigenous kids ‘damaged’ by system sending them south

March 2, 2024

Global News investigation has revealed how First Nations youths from remote, northern communities like Grassy Narrows are allegedly targeted by some for-profit group home companies because their owners can charge more for Indigenous children or because the kids provide a steady source of revenue, according to interviews with more than 50 former group home workers, former children’s aid employees, and child-welfare experts.

“People need to know that the child-welfare system is not what they think it is,” said a former group home worker from eastern Ontario, who Global News is not identifying because the person fears professional reprisals. “They would be quite shocked if they were to be exposed to that environment.”

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