Short shift?

The ministry of children and family development has forecasted an increase in the number of aboriginal children in care who receive services from delegated aboriginal agencies. According to the ministry's service plan, 41 percent of those children are expected to be served by such agencies in fiscal 2009/10. That's a three percentage point increase over February's forecast. The reason: an anticipated growth in the number of aboriginal agencies able to provide child protection services. But, speaking with Public Eye, children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond questioned whether that shift will actually increase the quality of care for aboriginal kids.

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