Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Government Faces Renewed Questions on Safety of Kids in Care

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Government Faces Renewed Questions on Safety of Kids in Care

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Alberta faces more questions in Serenity case

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EDMONTON - Opposition leaders say Alberta's children's services minister should resign over reports that biological children are still living in a home under investigation in the death of a child in kinship care.

Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says no children under government care are in the home.

Ongoing monitoring of the biological children has shown they are safe and are not being mistreated, she says.

"If there had been any identification of safety concerns, (the biological children) would have been removed," Larivee said Tuesday.

A suggestion that having children in a home where the adults are being investigated puts the kids at risk prompted Larivee to reply that a criminal investigation is still ongoing. For now, she said, she must rely on reports that the biological children are not in harm's way.

The case involves a four-year-old girl named Serenity. Her death has elicited criticism and concern of the provincial child welfare under Premier Rachel Notley's NDP and the Progressive Conservative government before that.

Serenity died in 2014 from maltreatment and severe brain damage. Since details of her case became public late last year, the minister in charge has been shuffled out of the portfolio, a new Children's Services Ministry was created and Notley struck an all-party panel to come up with how to improve the system.

Ric McIver, who leads the Progressive Conservatives in the house, said no children should be in the home -- biological or otherwise. …

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