Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Child Advocate Urges Alberta to Ensure Safety of Kids Returned to Families

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Child Advocate Urges Alberta to Ensure Safety of Kids Returned to Families

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Do more to ensure safety of kids: child advocate

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EDMONTON - Alberta's child and youth advocate is urging the province to do more to ensure kids who have been in government care are safe after they've been returned to their families.

Del Graff says families need to be trained and proper assessments need to be done before a child is sent back home or to relatives.

Graff reviewed the deaths of two indigenous girls who had been in government care.

A four-year-old died of physical injuries while in kinship care and a nine-month-old returned to her parents died of undetermined causes.

Graff's report says a more thorough assessment of the four-year-old's placement home would have been helpful and suggests family reunifications should be monitored and adjusted. …

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