Alberta introduces legislation to better protect children in government care

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Alberta proposes legislation regarding children in government care
WATCH: The death of a little girl, formerly in government care, is at the forefront of some major changes proposed by the Alberta government. Kendra Slugoski spoke to Serenity's mother – Oct 31, 2018

Alberta is proposing legislation that would see First Nations notified if social workers were thinking of removing an Indigenous child from a family’s care.

It would ensure that a study would be done of a child’s home and cultural connections before any private guardianship application were approved.

There would also be new streamlined guidelines for social workers to follow when deciding whether to place a child in government care.

The proposed legislation was introduced Wednesday by Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee.

Larivee calls it a step toward improvements following the case of Serenity, a four-year-old Indigenous girl who died of traumatic injuries while in care.

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Alberta has about 10,000 children in care; about 60 per cent are from First Nations.

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