A group of young detectives took over the steps of the Manitoba legislature took over the steps of the Manitoba legislature Tuesday.
About a dozen young people dressed in trench coats used giant magnifying glasses in a “search for justice” for children in care.
They want the province to extend support for youth in care to the age of 25. Right now, it stops at 21.
Spokesperson Dylan Cohen says that leaves a lot of young people out in the cold.
“For the average youth in care, most of us haven’t graduated high school,” he says. “We need just a few more years of support.
Cohen says that would include a social worker and some financial help.
“What the common practice right now is just to transition kids onto welfare. That system isn’t working, it’s super broken and everyone can see that.”
He and his twin sister are only a week away from their 21st birthdays.
Cohen says he worries about how his sister will cope.
“We moved along a lot, we were homeless. She’s not ready to transition,” he says. “I fear for her safety and I fear for her independence.”
Cohen says only the Liberals and Greens have committed to the idea. He says the NDP have remained “virtually silent” and the Progressive Conservatives have concerns about the cost.