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Growing up in government care in Manitoba was difficult. The deep politicization of child welfare didn't help matters. Polarized public opinion and a controversy-avoidant government shaped the legislation and policies that affected my day-to-day life.
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Ontario has over 18,000 children living in care, the highest number of any province in Canada. These kids have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment and are trying to overcome past trauma in order to heal, thrive and go on to lead happy and healthy lives.
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His children are now 21 years old.
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"I think it's a sad day for the nation."
Our government has set aside $200-million this year to end discrimination against First Nations children in our child welfare system -- and Budget 2016 committed to increasing that amount for the next five years. Next year we are investing almost $250-million to end discrimination. But putting more money into the existing system simply isn't enough.
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A psychologist found that "because he does not feel pain the way other children do, he could be seriously injured and not realize it."
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AUSTIN, Texas — A late-night phone call to police about a crying child led to the discovery of eight children unsupervised at a San Antonio home, including a 2-year-old boy chained in the backyard and...
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What happens to kids who authorities determine can't live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many go into foster homes, while others go into other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don't know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs called for the dismantling of the current child welfare system and the development of a completely new system. While this idea may seem radical, child welfare as it exists now in Manitoba is failing our children and our families, particularly our Indigenous children and families. What if we separated prevention and care services so that they are not delivered by the same agencies? This would encourage families in need to seek support services without worrying that admitting their challenges will result in their children being taken away from them.
City police get an average of 550 missing persons reports a month.
Director Stephanie Wang-Breal's documentary "Tough Love" looks at the foster care system in the U.S. from the perspective of couples who are fighting to have their children returned to them. In this H...
With foster homes in decline, P.E.I. hopes extra money will help attract more foster parents.
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Foster care has become a crisis on Manitoba's aboriginal reserves, where many children removed from their homes are also removed from their communities, winding up in urban centres like Winnipeg. But...
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I remember the exact day I met my parents. Not many people can say that. It was on my 10th birthday. February 23, 1979, to be precise. Danielle, the Social Worker in charge of my case since I had become an orphan four years earlier, drove me to a restaurant where she introduced me to a nice young couple. Today however, after a long and intense look into my past, the scene that took place some 35 years ago is a comforting memory not only because it coincides with the real beginning of my life, but because it also serves as a reminder of all that had to happen in the years before that meeting.
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It was something about the phrasing that got to me. Something about the cadence of his words, the staccato of his speech. "Nobody love
Most of what I remember was of appointments with social workers, making sure that my brother was okay, finding time to do my homework and learning how to cook, amidst other responsibilities. I did remember grandma teaching me how to fry rice with egg and how to boil noodles but I spent most of my last two years of high school living off frozen dinners every night.
As my wife and I were driving home in Duncan, B.C. three years ago, we noticed a young girl hitchhiking. She was young, First Nations, and not dressed for the weather. As we stopped to pick her up, we noticed a white truck stop on the other side of the road, and two guys got out and walked towards her. We cut them off, and told her to hop in. This was just weeks after a gruesome murder. Fast-forward to last night. On our way home we noticed another young girl hitchhiking. Until people all over Canada demand better from our leaders, nothing will change, and Aboriginal girls will continue to go missing in record numbers, numbers that already concern the U.N.
Approximately 40 professions in the province are professionally regulated such as doctors, lawyers, teachers and accountants. You would think that those who work with society's most vulnerable children and youth with complex emotional and mental health needs would have an oversight body. That is not the case.
This past week, I learned that a residential treatment program for youth (aka group home) in Welland, Ontario will be shutting its doors permanently at the end of November. Outside of my personal history growing up in group homes, this signals a much wider (and troublesome) trend in the world of child and youth workers.
I was born to a mom with mental illness who was unable to care for herself, which made caring for a child even more challenging for her. During my nine years as a youth in care I lived in 16 different foster homes and group homes in Toronto, Brampton, Ajax, Barrie and Wasaga Beach. Being a youth in care can be lonesome.
SASKATOON - A researcher has told a conference on aboriginal health that it's unethical for a child in foster care to be moved up to 30 times.Caroline Tait is a medical anthropologist at the Universit...
I did not give birth to Allie. I'm her foster mother, but I have no rights to make key decisions for this child in my care. Allie's "real" mother has never been with her daughter for more than two hours at a time. "Mom" has never taken Allie to the park, given her a bath, or put her to bed.
Some children are placed in foster care without full safety checks while others wind up in supervised apartments or overcrowded homes, say child advocates who warn of a deepening crisis across the cou...
Jessica Reid went from foster care to drug addiction to having her son cared for by others before finding a happy ending that she traces back to one loving soul.Her name was Joan and she was a respite...
MONTREAL - Anyone seeking a national snapshot of the average child in foster care in Canada, especially how their experiences helped shape their adult life, is flat out of luck.No reliable national st...
OTTAWA - John Beaucage has given the heartbreak he sees around him a name: the Millennium Scoop. The First Nations leader was recently hired by the Ontario government to look into aboriginal child wel...
KITIGAN ZIBI, Que. - When Robin Decontie was growing up on her Western Quebec reserve, sharing her home with foster children was a routine matter. Her school teacher mother and construction worker fat...