A much grea­ter emp­ha­sis needs to be put on dual pla­ce­ments - whe­ne­ver pos­si­ble, mot­hers and chil­dren should be pla­ced to­get­her

La Jornada (Canada) - - ENGLISH SECTION -

of­ten feel like they are un­der cons­tant scru­tiny by their so­cial wor­kers and are al­ways nee­ding to pro­ve to ever­yo­ne that they’re able to pa­rent.

Pla­ce­ment in ca­re wit­hin the first week of li­fe is so­me­ti­mes as­so­cia­ted with subs­tan­ce use in the birth mot­hers, which is mo­re pre­va­lent among ado­les­cents in ca­re. Ho­we­ver, treat­ment for subs­tan­ce use di­sor­der is less suc­cess­ful when wo­men are se­pa­ra­ted from their chil­dren. Pro­grams such as Por­ta­ge’s Mot­her and Child Pro­gram in Mon­treal have found suc­cess by pro­vi­ding ac­com­mo­da­tions for mot­hers and their chil­dren in their reha­bi­li­ta­tion pro­gram. Mo­re such fa­ci­li­ties should be made avai­la­ble across Ca­na­da.

When a child is pla­ced in ca­re, the government ta­kes on the ro­le of su­rro­ga­te pa­rent to that child. By se­pa­ra­ting a quar­ter of young mot­hers from their in­fant wit­hin the first week of li­fe, and al­most half be­fo­re the child turns two, the government is fai­ling in its ro­le of su­rro­ga­te pa­rent, and in the­se ca­ses, su­rro­ga­te grand­pa­rents.

A much grea­ter emp­ha­sis needs to be put on dual pla­ce­ments - whe­ne­ver pos­si­ble, mot­hers and chil­dren should be pla­ced to­get­her. This en­su­res that mot­hers and chil­dren have the chan­ce to bond. This should be sup­ple­men­ted with spe­ci­fic sup­ports to mot­hers (e.g., fi­nan­cial, hou­sing, child ca­re and edu­ca­tion) to as­sist young mot­hers in their tran­si­tion to mot­her­hood.

Our study used da­ta from Ma­ni­to­ba, which has the hig­hest ra­te of chil­dren in ca­re among the pro­vin­ces. Ho­we­ver, this is not an is­sue li­mi­ted to Ma­ni­to­ba. Ca­na­dian pro­vin­ces with re­la­ti­vely low ra­tes com­pa­red to ot­her pro­vin­ces still have hig­her ra­tes of chil­dren in ca­re than many ot­her coun­tries, and In­di­ge­nous chil­dren are hu­gely ove­rre­pre­sen­ted in the child wel­fa­re sys­tem across the country.

The ti­re­less work of many chil­dren’s ad­vo­ca­tes has re­sul­ted in a re­ne­wed ef­fort to ad­dress cha­llen­ges in the Ca­na­dian child wel­fa­re sys­tem, spe­ci­fi­cally in In­di­ge­nous com­mu­ni­ties. Fai­ling to sup­port young mot­hers who are in ca­re is con­tri­bu­ting to what has be­co­me known as “the mi­llen­nial scoop,” sadly analo­gous to the sys­te­ma­tic re­mo­val of In­di­ge­nous chil­dren in the ‘60s Scoop.

Let’s ma­ke su­re that the­se fa­mi­lies get the sup­port they need so they’re the last ge­ne­ra­tion with this ex­pe­rien­ce. -TROYMEDIA

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