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While placed at a rehabilitation center, a youth was temporarily housed with family friends. Despite this, his parents were required to continue making financial contributions to the youth center for his accommodation.
The decision to house the youth with friends was agreed on by the youth center, the parents, and the youth, and proved to be clinically sound and beneficial for the youth’s development. The youth’s parents were unable to receive a proportional reduction in their financial contribution for the period of the youth’s stay with the family in question.
The circumstances under which the financial contribution for placement of minors can be proportionally reduced are set out in section 352 of the application regulation, which reads as follows:
The Québec Ombudsman is nonetheless concerned by the limitations currently imposed by the application regulation as it pertains to cases such as this one where the placement of a minor at the home of friends was clinically motivated and in the interest and within the rights of the minor, as defined by the Youth Protection Act.
The Québec Ombudsman is currently conducting a systemic review of equity issues stemming from this kind of situation to identify corrective measures that can be taken.