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Developmental, addiction issues afflict nearly half of Manitoba’s apprehended infants – APTN

by ahnationtalk on October 6, 2015757 Views

October 6, 2015

WINNIPEG – Almost half of all newborns seized by Manitoba’s child welfare services have developmental or addiction issues, according to the province’s minister of family services.

Manitoba’s Chief and Family Services department seized 358 newborns between 2014 and 2015. About 45 per cent of those apprehended infants were found to have developmental or addiction issues.

“In some cases, it’s because of drugs that a mother may have used prior to the birth, so there is medical detoxing that has to happen for the child,” Child and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross. “(Apprehension) does not happen haphazardly. It is looked at as a last resort.”

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