07/18/2017 07:33 EDT | Updated 07/18/2017 11:02 EDT

'Particularly vulnerable:' Report urges more support for reunified families

CALGARY — Alberta's child and youth advocate is urging better support for children who are returned to their families after time in government care.

Del Graff says children are particularly vulnerable during periods of transition.

The advocate reviewed the deaths of three Indigenous children from separate families who died when they were just five, two and one.

The children — referred to by the pseudonyms Sarah, Anthony and Mikwan to protect their privacy — died between 2014 and 2015.

All three were taken into care when they were very young because of addictions, domestic violence and concerns about neglect in their households.

In all three cases, the children suffered multiple injuries shortly after they were returned to their families and their mothers were charged in their deaths. 

"It is critical that more support is provided to children and families before and after they are reunified," Graff said in a report released Tuesday.