B.C. ends ‘birth alert’ practice used to separate newborns from moms in child welfare cases – Globalnews.ca

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 2019117 Views

The B.C. government is ending a controversial practice that social services contact health officials when there are potential safety risks to infants, without the parents’ consent.

The practice, known as “birth alerts,” has been long used in hospitals in a number of provinces, and was condemned by the country’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development issued the alerts, which could result in the potential seizure of a child when social workers get a report about high-risk, expectant parents that could threaten the safety of the child at birth.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/5910537/bc-ends-birth-alert-practice/

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