Social services managers suspended for moving foster kids to downplay overcrowding
Two managers in the provincial Ministry of Social Services have been suspended for allegedly moving foster children from home to home unnecessarily, according to government sources.
The managers were sent home with pay when their actions were uncovered following a review of foster care in the province.
Sources told CBC News that the review was generally critical of Saskatchewan's foster care program and included concerns about overcrowding in some homes.
While that issue was being examined further, the two managers allegedly removed some children from their foster homes so the homes would appear to have fewer children living there.
When senior officials heard about that, sources said, the managers were suspended.
Allan Hansen, the deputy minister of social services, confirmed the suspensions but declined to provide additional details.
"It's a personnel matter," he told CBC News. "There's very little I can say."
The review of foster care was conducted by Marvin Bernstein, Saskatchewan's Children's Advocate, an independent overseer of children in care in the province.
Sources say his report, which has not been made public, highlights serious overcrowding at foster homes, with the focus on the Saskatoon area.
A copy of the report has been in the hands of the Social Services Ministry for several weeks. The report is expected to be released on Feb. 25.