Manitoba Child and Family Services seized Matias de Antonia at birth, and on March 27th, he died while in foster. The baby’s mother Maria Herriera’s family roots are in Colombia and their first language is Spanish. She has been in Canada for six years and she is a permanent resident of Canada. She had no record of neglect during her pregnancy. She has no record of mental illness. CFS were concerned about her ability to care for the child. The boy’s uncle, Carlos Burgos said that the family disagreed with the CFS’s action and says, “I’m not against CFS at all. CFS is there it help people, it’s just some people they don’t know how to do their jobs properly. They were very rough with my family. They didn’t give us the opportunity to show we could raise Matias. They took the baby away from our sister, from us.”
This data and interview details are part of a Global network article authored by By Eric Szeto, Reporter/Anchor.
Every province has its stories that raise concern over deaths of children while in government initiated and sponsored foster care. Concern must result in better management. This cannot be allowed to continue. Legislators, government Ministers, Judges, politicians from all parties have to take notice of this.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
My friend and fellow advocate for justice and evidence based child protection, Ray Ferris, has written his own follow up comments to my previous blog post, 'MCF DID IT AGAIN - DIRTY POOL' that spoke of the saddening postponement of a court hearing that should return this young child, Ayn Van Dyk to her family. Listen to him.
This is of course atrocious. We have a child taken for three years, with only minimal evidence. If this evidence were presented and cross-examined properly, there is no way any sane judge could make more than the most minimal protection finding on it. Not only that, the risk was transitory and long since past. The most the judge should have done is to seek reassurance that the height of the fence should be raised.
So who is to blame for keeping this little girl away from her loved ones for so long? Yes the director is the chief villain because he broke every guideline and rule of due process in the law.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BULLETIN: APRIL FOOLS!!! ISN’T THAT WHAT WE SAID? Well listen to this. No court hearing was held for Ayn Van Dyck. We have to hear more but I am disappointed. The next court date is projected for June. Did you get that? MCFD was able to put it off again for three months. That is, it was able to postpone the reunion of the members of a family: Father, Mother, two brothers and a sister who has been arrested for almost three years. When June arrives, it will be three years of unnecessary, uncaring, irresponsible disruption.
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