Exhausted Ottawa Parents Drop Their Autistic Son off with Social Services

Exhausted Ottawa Parents Drop Their Autistic Son off with Social Services

A couple from Ottawa dropped their autistic son off with social services this week. The parents said that they were too exhausted to care for him. The experts admitted on Wednesday that the case is far from rare.

Amanda Telford and her husband, Alex, contacted provincial social service agency to drop their 19-year-old, Philippe, with them. After the agency agreed to look after their son, they dropped Philippe at the agency this week.

Amanda Telford told CBC that she and her husband are absolutely exhausted and medically unwell. She stressed that she is not able to do this anymore. The intellectual ability of Philippe is similar to a two-year-old. He wanders far from home, but is not able to safely cross the roads. He is under medication and eats food that affects his diabetes.

Despite Telford being a social worker and well aware of how the system works, she said she and her husband simply could not take it anymore. She said that she had not had more than two hours sleep in past two to three days.

"It's the most heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching feeling in the world to have to do this. I've spent a very teary-eyed day today. This hasn't been a very fun thing to have to do", she added.

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