Troubled N.S. teenager to remain in care of province for time being

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HALIFAX - A troubled Cole Harbour boy will remain in the care of the provincial Community Services Department, a judge ruled Monday.
The 14-year-old, who cannot be identified by law, was supposed to get treatment at a long-term care facility in Utah, but was denied entry into the United States.
Justice Department lawyer Peter McVey said this may have to do with publicity related to the case.
During a Nova Scotia Supreme Court family division hearing on Monday, Patrick Eagan, lawyer for the boy's grandparents, was hoping that Community Services would have to present its plan for the boy in order to prove he should remain under the department's care.
"Our view is that temporary care is only a good idea for the child if we know that it's a good placement for him," said Eagan. "As of today, we have no idea what the placement plans are, therefore, I was thinking it was putting the cart before the horse."
The boy has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and alcohol-related neural development disorder. He also gets into trouble because of several behavioural problems and because he has difficulty controlling his impulses.
In early June, the court ruled the boy should get help in a long-term treatment facility, not at home or in foster care.
Originally, a place was found for him at Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center in Utah, but the facility did not have an immigration designation from the U.S. government.
Arrangements were made for him to head instead to Utah's Provo Canyon School but Community Services found out last week that he had been denied entry into the U.S. to get help at any facility.
Justice Beryl MacDonald explained Monday that it's not her job to determine where the teen should end up. She explained that her previous decision made that the responsibility of the minister of community services.
The teen was granted a 30-day extension at the Wood Street Centre, a secure facility in Truro, N.S., while Community Services finds a facility for him in Canada.
McVey said a spot for the boy will likely be found within the next 30 days.
The court will hold a review session in three to four months to evaluate the boy's situation.

Organizations: Community Services Department, Justice Department, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center Provo Canyon School Wood Street Centre

Geographic location: Utah, United States, HALIFAX Truro Canada

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