MCFD'S CALL IS BAD FOR SO MANY REASONS (part 3 of 4)
MCFD Erred Gravely In Métis Child's Case
A three-year-old Métis girl named SS was removed by MCFD from her Métis foster parents in B.C. with whom she has been since birth, in order to send her to live with non-Metis parents in Ontario, where her two Métis siblings live? This was ill-advised.
Using the Ministry's own legislated and customarily stated criteria for determining placements, I am showing you why the MCFD decision was unreasonable, and therefore not in the child's best interests. On the previous two days you find explanations 1-3, then 4-6.
Seventh, is the importance of preserving the child's cultural identity. The Ontario parental couple has not been in a position to preserve Métis culture. In distinction the B.C. foster family are committed to the preservation of the child's Métis identity and have taken steps to encourage this. The B.C. Metis Federation has been active and outspoken in their support of the child being kept with her Métis family and with part of the Métis community in her home province.
Eighth, is the Parenting Capacity of each parenting couple. In Ontario, both parents have full-time jobs and the two sibling sisters have special needs. In B.C. both parents are employed full time but at home, and the mother (LM) is certified in ECE and Infant and Toddler Care and Special Needs.
Ninth, consideration is given to the other members of a family, the extended family. Whether MCFD had more information about the Ontario family is unknown to this author but it is known that the B.C. foster family has been unable to make any substantive contacts over the past years with the Ontario family. In the B.C. foster family there are two older sisters and two older brothers. These sisters are committed to the care of SS and one of them has certification in child care. One of the brothers is particularly attached to SS and she to him.