19-Year-Old Ernie: 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

Ernie was a young man of First Nation heritage who became involved with Child Intervention Services shortly after birth. He had significant disabilities and was totally dependent for his care. When he reached adulthood, support services were transitioned from Child Intervention Services to the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program. Ernie had no involvement with Family Support for Children with Disabilities because of his involvement with Child Intervention Services. This review highlights the importance of seamless transitions in service delivery between child welfare and adult disability systems, continuity of relationships and incorporating the voice of a young person in decision-making.