17-Year-Old Donovan: An Investigative Review

Report
Canadian CW report
Authors

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

Source

Alberta: Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

Abstract

When Donovan was 15 years old, he came to live with his mother in Alberta and became involved with Child Intervention Services and the youth justice system. Prior to his move, Donovan had extensive involvement with the child welfare system in another province. Interprovincial protocols exist regarding information sharing when children with child welfare involvement move between provinces. In Donovan’s circumstance, there was no information provided to Children’s Services in Alberta. This review highlights the importance of coordination and communication between government services and the significance of supporting attachments to family and/or a relationship with a positive individual for vulnerable youth.