Cutting off care abruptly adds to teens’ troubles
Michele Kambolis discusses kids and trauma in her office in Vancouver: ‘In what world does a normal child have all their support systems pulled out at once?’
The majority of youth in government foster care have experienced mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and other behavioural problems, studies show.
Despite this, they are cut off from government care abruptly at age 19, losing their connections to foster parents, transition workers, psychologists and other caregivers.
Michele Kambolis, a Vancouver clinical counsellor and director of Harbourside Family Counseling Centre, works with many youth in government care.
By Tracy Sherlock of The Vancouver Sun
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