|Dorothy Rodgers' children removed|
I detest when children are maltreated by a parent. A father escorted his two small sons to school. I saw him at a distance angry with one boy. I heard him screaming at the child. “Look at me,” repeated several times. The tone so enraged I made certain he saw me watching, thinking. “If he strikes the child, I am obliged by law to report him, a stranger to me. One call, anonymously spoken, like an offshore earthquake, could change that family's world. They kept walking silently.
- Between 70,000 and 85,000 children are in state care across Canada
- Since 1998, the number of children in care has increased up to 65%
- Average number of placements for a foster child: 7
- 50% of street children were formerly children in care
“I don't deserve this and the kids, they didn't do anything wrong either," she said.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child identifies the family as the ideal environment for raising children, and calls for supports for parents to help them with their parenting responsibilities. However, there is also acknowledgment in the Convention articles that some families are 'unable to care appropriately for their children.' That turns out to be a critical turn of phrase because the Convention supports removing children from their biological families and providing alternate care when it is no longer in the best interests of the child to remain in the family of their birth. I get it and I don't get it. We employ and empower people to interpret 'inability to care,' and sometimes, something like this happens.
CBC Video Interview, reveals the public outrage over this case,
CBC has done a follow-up story February 16, 2011, 'Discrimination denied in Port auz Basques case.'
CBC reports a family claim that the Ministry is seeking a publication ban order.
Letter to the government from Joanne MacDonald, Provincial Advisory Council on the Inclusion of Persons with Disability.
Rodgers Legal Fees Trust Fund begun.