04/30/2015 08:03 EDT | Updated 08/09/2015 11:59 EDT

Saskatchewan's children's advocate raises red flags about foster care

REGINA - Saskatchewan's children's advocate is raising red flags about foster care, youth corrections and access to mental health services for vulnerable kids.

In the annual report Bob Pringle once again calls on the government to license foster homes to ensure better accountability and overcrowding.

He points out that daycare facilities and even seniors homes are already licensed.

Pringle also notes that several other provinces license foster homes.

Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says the government already has rigorous standards for training and screening foster parents but will consider the licensing idea.

N-D-P critic David Forbes says a shocking number of kids in foster care attempted suicide during the past year. (CJME, CKRM)