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Foster Care Deaths In Alberta: Panel Convened To Discuss Public Reporting Of Foster Kids' Deaths

01/28/2014 04:00 EST | Updated 03/29/2014 05:59 EDT
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EDMONTON - Policy-makers and experts will meet in Edmonton today to discuss ways to make information more public about the deaths of children in foster care.

Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar has said he is not happy with the current law that forbids parents from talking publicly about their children by name if the child dies while in government care.

Critics say the law is too sweeping and can be abused by government officials trying to cover up poor care or lack of oversight.

Bhullar says he wants to find a way for parents to be able to tell their children's stories but without violating privacy issues that would rebound on their siblings or other children in care.

The two-day roundtable discussion was announced late last year after a series of Postmedia stories detailed how the province had covered up the deaths of 89 children in care since 1999.

The discussion will lead to a report that will be tabled in the legislature during the spring sitting.

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