Lawrence to present foster parent recommendations to province

Justin Crann
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Foster parents and those who support them have some recommendations for the Sask. Party.

Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence delivers a speech on behalf of the Saskatchewan government on Jan. 11 at the YaraCentre. On Tuesday, it was announced that Lawrence will work closely with the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association on ways to improve the foster care system.

Those recommendations will come forward as the result of Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence's cross-province road trip to look into the foster family system to see if there were ways to improve recruitment and retention.

"We're putting together some recommendations for the minister (June Draude)," Lawrence told the Times-Herald Thursday. "Within those there will be suggestions from the frontline workers who are very supportive of Saskatchewan's foster parents, and want to do the best they can to service the foster parents' needs."

Lawrence, who serves as legislative secretary for foster care to the Ministry of Social Services, made stops in Yorkton, Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Lloydminster, Prince Albert and La Ronge.

During his trip, he said, he "heard some very positive stories" about the experiences foster parents were having across the province.

"Across the board, there are positive stories that come out from foster parents who watch some of our youngest and most vulnerable kids transition from being introverted, shy and scared into laughing, caring, wonderful children," Lawrence said.

He said the recommendations would be presented to the Minister of Social Services and the Premier at a forthcoming date.

Lawrence also said the government is reviewing the Child and Family Protection Act and may make some updates to those laws following a consultation process.

"That is also being reviewed right now, and we'll be in the process of opening it up … and maybe renewing some of the legislation in there," Lawrence said. "I'll probably be taking part in some of those meetings."

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Organizations: Times-Herald, Ministry of Social Services, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Yorkton, Saskatoon North Battleford La Ronge

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