Man­i­toba looks to re­form child-wel­fare sys­tem

The News (New Glasgow) - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — The Man­i­toba gov­ern­ment is promis­ing to re­duce the num­ber of kids in the prov­ince’s child-wel­fare sys­tem and help fam­i­lies re­unite sooner. Fam­i­lies Min­is­ter Scott Field­ing says the gov­ern­ment is go­ing to speed up as­sess­ments of chil­dren when they are first taken into care, which cur­rently can take up to four months.

The prov­ince is also go­ing to look at nar­row­ing and clar­i­fy­ing the rea­sons for tak­ing chil­dren from their fam­i­lies.

Field­ing also says sub­si­dies will be ex­panded to peo­ple who be­come per­ma­nent guardians and adop­tive par­ents.

Some First Na­tions lead­ers have said chil­dren have been seized be­cause of over­crowded hous­ing con­di­tions, even when there is no risk to their safety or health. Man­i­toba has the high­est pro­por­tion of kids in care among the prov­inces, and al­most 90 per cent are In­dige­nous.

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