N.S. premier seeks review as former foster child faces deportation

Nova Scotia's premier has told child welfare officials to review how they handle complex cases, as a former foster child in the province faces deportation to a country he has no connection to.

Stephen McNeil says he asked the Community Services Department to complete a review of any cases that would require supports similar to those needed by Abdoul Abdi.

The 24-year-old man was recently released from prison after serving a five year sentence on multiple charges including aggravated assault. 

He was put in segregation in a New Brunswick jail by the Canada Border Services Agency upon his release and is now awaiting a deportation hearing.

Abdi arrived in Canada as a six-year-old child refugee and was shortly after apprehended by the Nova Scotia government and placed in foster care but never obtained citizenship.

McNeil says all children in the province's care who require extensive support are offered a "myriad of options," but he says the province can't force them to take on the options.

While refusing to speak to any specific case, he says the province can provide children in its care legal advice or "options to gain citizenship" but cannot force them to pursue citizenship.