Thursday, March 23, 2017

--Jocelyn Wiggins The system stinks.-----Serenity’s mother took these pictures three days before her daughter’s death. “Reports can be hidden by the government. These pictures can’t.”--------------Serenity’s mother has read about David and Collet Stephen, the Lethbridge couple found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son, Ezekiel, who died of meningitis, after his parents treated him only with “natural” remedies. If they could be found guilty, she asks, why can’t someone be charged in Serenity’s death — whether it’s for murder or manslaughter or criminal neglect or, at the very least, failing to provide the necessaries of life?---------After the Edmonton Journal broke the story of Serenity and the bureaucratic bungles that hindered the investigation of her death, the Notley government created a new ministry of children’s services. It appointed a new minister. It struck an all-party panel to study the province’s child welfare system. But that panel is forbidden, by its terms of reference, to ask any questions about what happened to Serenity and her siblings.------Velvet Martin · Founder at Samantha's Law Beautiful little Serenity. My heart hurts for her parents, kohkom and everyone who knew and loved this child. Everything relayed in this story reflects others' experiences. Over 800 of our babies, children and youth. It breaks my heart because the very very same things which took place a decade ago continue to occur today. How do I know? It happened to Samantha who was my daughter, my only little girl. Promised extraordinary medical care; Samantha weighed 48 pounds at 13 years of age. She sustained 7 broken bones, bruises - one which covered the side of her face from her blue eyes to the bottom of her chin - a gaping black patch. She was denied visits to a doctor for 3 years. Epilepsy was to be investigated but the medical foster placement refused to acknowledge professionals and the caseworker did not follow-up. In fact, the social-worker - as with Serenity - did not visit for over a year. No one held responsible. No repercussions whatsoever. This is our Child Welfare System. Like · Reply · 1 · 10 hr-------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Reports can and will be hidden from the public because the GOA does not work in the public interest. Whose interest does the GOA work in? In the interests of politicians and entrenched bureaucrats all protecting power and turf. Even the public bodies such as AHS spend our public dollars discussing the media stories to prepare in response to evictions in the continuing care system. With such a secretive, impermeable and defensive set up what can we as the public expect? Very little information. In my family's case we were denied the 2014 Alberta Health Quality audit of the Good Samaritan Extended Care at Millwoods. We did not get the 2014 AHS Quality review of the facility. The Good Samaritan Society refused to give us the Independent Consultant Review of Respiratory Services at this facility even though we had been told this would be provided to us. I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society. Information is critical for public health and safety to be upheld. Why is it that when families talk about the problems they are experiencing in the system -that we face retribution for public discourse and critical assessment of services? Why do we get evictions, bannings and lawsuits? Well it is because the government has set up the system for this. The more citizens are afraid to speak and participate in democracy--the fewer the problems there are for government and business partners. I don't believe the government folks should operate like this. They should work for us. They should protect the most vulnerable citizens in Alberta in the child welfare system, the health care system and in the continuing care system. The handicapped citizen is especially vulnerable to unilateral medical decisions such as do not resuscitate orders; they have no protections in place. The troubling decision of government over decades to be non-transparent has impeded change; we did not know of the over 700 kids who died under the PC error folks. Now we still don't know what is going on with the more than 800 kids who have died under the NDP error folks. Very sad situation but it won't change until citizens do the work of change by voting out each and every political party that allows this sort of poor performance without consequences. Like · Reply · 3 mins--------------


Julie Ali
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#justiceforserenity--Without the cell phone photographs we would not know because government will not provide the reports or assessments to us. Why not? They have the convenient excuse of privacy or a long drawn out police review that has been made exceptionally long because the government and its contracted agencies did not do the transfer of information.
Who is held accountable? No one. Well the Notley did move the minister to a back room area so as to get him out of range of the media but essentially no is held accountable for the series of mistakes and outright failures in oversight.
These problems are not limited to the child welfare system but happen in the continuing care system as well. The main problems are lack of oversight, no interest in penalties, no consequences of any sort to care providers to ensure that adverse events do not repeat, no sort of centralized information bank so that we can determine just how many adverse events/ fatalities occur all through the system to ensure that learnings can be implemented to prevent further harm.
It's a poor set up for us as citizens and as for vulnerable citizens-the cracks in the pavement are large and you can fall through as Serenity did. What will government do in response to Serenity's death? They will use the #PanelPolitics to pave over citizen dismay and anger.
Our response? We hire new managers and see if the situation changes. If not, we fire and hire new folks again until the culture at the GOA and public bodies changes to meet the needs of families. Stand up for your families folks--because no one else will.

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  • #justiceforSerenity---#PanelPolitics---#GOASPIN---#MediaAttention--Here are photographs of Serenity.
    Remember her? She died a while back.
    No one bothered to get the autopsy report done in a timely fashion--heck they diddled around for YEARS.
    Then no one gave information to the RCMP.
    Then there is no information provided by ANYONE about this case to us.
    We have no idea what government is doing about this case and others of dead kids in care -because government is in defensive position from the time of the PC error.
    We have a continuation of government fortress position to this very day under the NDP folks who promises us CHANGE.
    You know that word don't you?
    We've been using it a lot.
    We have voted out the PCs at the provincial and federal level to get change.
    It hasn't worked.
    Now we will do the voting out in the next election.
    We will keep on voting out until the entitlement culture of me first government ends.
    Government needs to work in the public interest.
    Whose interest is government working in?
    In this case, they sure aren't working in the interest of Serenity because it is all about cover up.
    #ChangeNow

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http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/paula-simons-freed-from-a-broken-phone-new-photos-of-serenity-a-stark-reminder-of-a-child-still-waiting-for-justice


Paula Simons: Freed from a broken phone, new photos of Serenity a stark reminder of a child still waiting for justice

Published on: March 22, 2017 | Last Updated: March 22, 2017 5:59 PM MDT
A photograph of Serenity, taken on Sept. 24, 2014, at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton by her mother. The little girl died three days later after being removed from life support.
A photograph of Serenity, taken on Sept. 24, 2014, at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton by her mother. The little girl died three days later after being removed from life support. SUPPLIED / EDMONTON
She took the photos on Sept. 24, 2014.
But until last week, Serenity’s mother hadn’t actually looked at them.
She took the pictures of her dying four-year-old daughter with her cellphone camera. Later, the phone broke. For two years, she carried that broken phone wherever she moved. She ended up in another province, far from Alberta, where she kept the phone in a drawer.
Last week, she said, she took the phone to a repair place to see if they could retrieve the photographs.
She wasn’t prepared for what she saw.
“It was harder to look at them than it was when I took them. Back then I was still in shock.”
And yet, Serenity’s mother wants to make the photos public now. And she doesn’t want you to look away.
“I had to show people what happened to her. The people who did this to her are still out there. Reports can be hidden away by a government. These pictures can’t.”
The disturbing images show a child, painfully thin, lying in a bed at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The once-robust preschooler weighed just 8 kg, or almost 18 pounds, the weight of a typical nine-month-old infant.
Serenity’s mother took these pictures three days before her daughter’s death. “Reports can be hidden by the government. These pictures can’t.” SUPPLIED / EDMONTON
She arrived at hospital with severe hypothermia, a fractured skull and a “horrific” brain injury. Her body was covered in deep, deep bruises, including her anal and genital areas. The pictures only show the bruises on her arms and legs, including a contusion on her shin so large and deep it makes you wince.
Active, healthy kids often have bruises. But not like these.
“When I looked at my baby, there in that bed, and saw all the bruises and cuts and lacerations all over her body, when I saw all her missing fingernails, I was sick to my stomach,” said Serenity’s mother.
“But I took the pictures, because I knew I needed them. I knew I would need hard evidence. I knew I would need to show somebody.”
Serenity and her two older half-siblings were taken from their mother’s care, in part because Serenity’s father was physically abusive and in part because their mother had her own problems with alcohol and marijuana. The children were placed in foster care with non-aboriginal families, where they thrived. Their mother was pleased with their care. She got sober. The foster families where the children lived say she was a loving mother who visited her children regularly and was working hard to get them back.
When she arrived in hospital, Serenity’s body was covered in cuts and bruises, like this deep bruise on her leg.EDMONTON
But child welfare workers decided to remove the children from their foster homes and place them instead with relatives on a nearby reserve. The relatives refused to go through the usual kinship care training.
The worker who did the very cursory home study didn’t bother to do background checks on all the adults living in the home.
Within two months, Child Intervention Services received reports the children were bruised, scratched and malnourished. A doctor found Serenity had already lost three pounds. Yet when their mother complained, she was denied all access to her children. In just a few months, the relatives were granted full legal custody of the children. Their child welfare files were closed. There were no followup visits by social workers.
A year later, Serenity was airlifted to the Stollery, starved and battered. According to allegations in court documents, Serenity’s brother then was 6-1/2 and weighed just 15 kg, or 33 pounds, far below average for a child his age. Serenity’s sister, 7-1/2, weighed only 16 kg, or 35 pounds.
Despite medical evidence suggesting all three children may have been abused, no one has ever been charged.
After the Edmonton Journal broke the story of Serenity and the bureaucratic bungles that hindered the investigation of her death, the Notley government created a new ministry of children’s services. It appointed a new minister. It struck an all-party panel to study the province’s child welfare system. But that panel is forbidden, by its terms of reference, to ask any questions about what happened to Serenity and her siblings.
In some ways, in fact, the panel process has hindered the investigation. Alberta has a child welfare Council for Quality Assurance, which is supposed to review problematic files. They’ve never reviewed Serenity’s case — which they only learned about last fall. Now, in light of the all-party panel, they’ve put off any review indefinitely.
The RCMP say they’ve concluded their investigation. Alberta Justice will only say the file is currently with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service for review.
Serenity, a happy toddler riding her trike. SUPPLIED
Serenity’s mother has read about David and Collet Stephen, the Lethbridge couple found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son, Ezekiel, who died of meningitis, after his parents treated him only with “natural” remedies.
If they could be found guilty, she asks, why can’t someone be charged in Serenity’s death — whether it’s for murder or manslaughter or criminal neglect or, at the very least, failing to provide the necessaries of life?
Far from Alberta, about to give birth to a new baby — a son she plans to name Xavier — she’s waiting, waiting for some information, for some kind of justice for the little girl she lost.
“I just don’t want her to be forgotten.”

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Julie Ali ·
Reports can and will be hidden from the public because the GOA does not work in the public interest.
Whose interest does the GOA work in? In the interests of politicians and entrenched bureaucrats all protecting power and turf.

Even the public bodies such as AHS spend our public dollars discussing the media stories to prepare in response to evictions in the continuing care system.
With such a secretive, impermeable and defensive set up what can we as the public expect?
Very little information.

In my family's case we were denied the 2014 Alberta Health Quality audit of the Good Samaritan Extended Care at Millwoods. We did not get the 2014 AHS Quality review of the facility. The Good Samaritan Society refused to give us the Independent Consultant Review of Respiratory Services at this facility even though we had been told this would be provided to us. I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society.

Information is critical for public health and safety to be upheld. Why is it that when families talk about the problems they are experiencing in the system -that we face retribution for public discourse and critical assessment of services? Why do we get evictions, bannings and lawsuits? Well it is because the government has set up the system for this. The more citizens are afraid to speak and participate in democracy--the fewer the problems there are for government and business partners.

I don't believe the government folks should operate like this. They should work for us. They should protect the most vulnerable citizens in Alberta- in the child welfare system, the health care system and in the continuing care system. The handicapped citizen is especially vulnerable to unilateral medical decisions such as do not resuscitate orders; they have no protections in place. The troubling decision of government over decades to be non-transparent has impeded change; we did not know of the over 700 kids who died under the PC error folks. Now we still don't know what is going on with the more than 800 kids who have died under the NDP error folks. Very sad situation but it won't change until citizens do the work of change by voting out each and every political party that allows this sort of poor performance without consequences.
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Velvet Martin ·
Beautiful little Serenity. My heart hurts for her parents, kohkom and everyone who knew and loved this child.
Everything relayed in this story reflects others' experiences. Over 800 of our babies, children and youth.
It breaks my heart because the very very same things which took place a decade ago continue to occur today.
How do I know? It happened to Samantha who was my daughter, my only little girl.
Promised extraordinary medical care; Samantha weighed 48 pounds at 13 years of age.
She sustained 7 broken bones, bruises - one which covered the side of her face from her blue eyes to the bottom of her chin - a gaping black patch.
She was denied visits to a doctor for 3 years.
Epilepsy was to be investigated but the medical foster placement refused to acknowledge professionals and the caseworker did not follow-up.
In fact, the social-worker - as with Serenity - did not visit for over a year.
No one held responsible. No repercussions whatsoever.
This is our Child Welfare System.
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Tabby Sabo ·
This comment is from guatalupe Holman , he couldn't get his comment on the pg

What I find most disturbing is after the GROSS NEGLIGENCE on the part of Child Services and Alberta Justice so called, the call for more resources. It is UNJUST to find Families guilty as a whole. Statistically Children are more at risk when they are under Provincial Care, good family is denied over fostercare in many cases. And thus begins the campaign for Family Rights as family are the ones there after children age out !!!

There are many great fosterparents out there, however the TAX FREE incentives should be offered to Families first.

And the Province shall be most upset when a full accounting of the Childrens ESTATES are demanded and made public!!!!
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Tabby Sabo ·
For those who want the facts on the Stephan family and really why Ezekiel died http://www.meetthestephans.com/
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Tabby Sabo ·
As an advocate and a former foster child , I have seen the abuse and neglect the government inflicts on children and families . Many parents turn for help to children's services only to have their kids taken and no help provided.
Recently j.k was assaulted by his kinship worker in Calgary to a point where his injuries were photographed. Although thus child is special needs neither closer to home group home ( where he was taken ) nor CFSA social worker Kathy McGraw from hunterhorn office did not take this child to a doctor right away , In Fact it was weeks after wards , this child has on goingl...See More
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Peter Shaw
Let's be clear: the foster family that abused Serenity needs to be punished severely. The government officials who failed to properly vett that family should be punished. The abusive father whose actions necessitated Serenity's removal from the house should be punished. Those are no brainers. The thing is, Serenity's unnamed mother ALSO should be punished. If she had done right by her child and made any sort of effort to care for Serenity properly, she would not have had the child removed from her care. She chose to take drugs and alcohol rather than love her daughter. Child services does not take children randomly or for no reason.
For those of you who think I'm being too harsh, consider this: if a drunk man raped Serenity's mom, would you give him a pass because of his "struggles with alcohol"? Of course you wouldn't. You would want him held responsible. Well, I want this woman to be held responsible for her actions too, no excuses accepted. I'm tired of addictions being used as a free pass for behaviours that are morally reprehensible.
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Sandy Mitchell ·
While I get your stance, the mother got herself sober and was commended on her efforts by the initial foster family. Social Services took the children and put them elsewhere, totally disregarding the positive impact on the children. The mother tried in vain to see her children but was denied. It is totally Social Services and the relatives who are to blame.
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Heather Kachuk
Shouldn't Social Servies be working with the familes to try and help them with addiction etc, Always so easy to blame the family. What do we pay Social Services for?
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Peter Shaw
Social services is not staffed by magical unicorns who can turn a strung out junkie into June Cleaver with a touch of a magical horn. Parents have a responsibility to care for their children. Good parents make sacrifices to do that. Addicts either choose not to make those sacrifices or are so far gone that they cannot do it. Either way, Social Services has to operate in the real world and sometimes that means removing a child from a dangerous situation. In this case, they transferred the child to another toxic situation and they should be held accountable for that, as I mentioned earlier....See More
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Johann Brown ·
Must be nice to live in a black and white world where shades of grey don't exist
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Saskia E Hommes
I totally agree with you Peter Shaw! If you take proper care of your children, social services will never take them from you. The mother should be ashamed of herself just as much as all the others involved in this.
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Shandi Clarke
Peter, you call wanting justice for your child's death a pity party? Do you have kids of your own?
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Kristy Pilip ·
Not the place PETER SHAW!!!!
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Peter Shaw
Look, if a woman neglects her child, we feel pity and sorrow for the child, not the neglecter. I fail to see why this mother should get off scot free. Reading the article it seems to me she is more focused on herself rather than on the child. Newsflash: Serenity was the victim. This incompetent drama queen is not.
Also, sorry for the double post.
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Shona Holman ·
It wasn't a foster family. It was abusive incarcerated relatives that they pretend they didn't know were like that.
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Peter Shaw
Fair enough. Whoever they were, they killed that little girl. They need to answer for that.
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Yvonne Campbell ·
The foster family was good....the mom visited and everything but after the government sent the children to their (father family?) first nationfamily
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Leona Poirier Perdue ·
Peter Shaw seriously ...it's about justice....for this child. And her siblings. There are no winners here, especially not this child. The kinship family MUST be charged.
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David Mulyk ·
Social Services moved these children FROM a foster home INTO "Kinship Care" with family members on a reserve. This detail is explained in the article.
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Paula Simons
The mother made mistakes. She knows that and will live with it the rest of her life. Serenity's father, who is currently incarcerated, failed his daughter too. But when the province apprehends a child, they are supposed to put them in a better, safer, situation. That did not happen here. I was in touch with both the non-native foster families who cared for these siblings. They both told me that the mum was trying really hard, that she had regular weekend visits with the kids, that she was working towards getting them back. Since all this happened, she went to college, got a diploma, moved with her kids to another province, far from here, got a job, and built a new life, with a new partner, in a stable long-term relationship. Did she make mistakes as a young teen mum? Yes she did. But neither she, nor her children, deserved this kind of fate as a result.
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Mariela Bachynsky
Thanks for writing about this issue Paula Simmons I know we all have opinions but the real tragedy like you are pointing out is the severe abuse of an innocent child and her death. The people that committed the abuse should be held accountable.
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Meredith Bordage
Peter Shaw, your response is harsh, but you make valid points. The only innocent person here is the child.
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Peter Shaw
At no point did I even insinuate that the other people who failed Serenity should not be punished.
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Linda Feland-Swityk
Peter Shaw please do not judge this mother. Those children would have been better off staying with their mother. Even with a problem with alcohol they were in better care than with their father's family. The system under the previous government totally failed this family.
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Tabby Sabo ·
You know nothing ,check the statistics on how kids do I care , you are uneducated troll
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Tabby Sabo ·
you are judgemental uneducated lady google Samantha Martin ,
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Tabby Sabo ·
Peter Shaw the mother was a teen mom a child , I really hope you don't have kids cause you come across as a judgemental narsist with no empathy or compassion .
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Afsana Alam ·
It's true that her parents has issues and needs to be unused. But what about the province? They should not be having issues. But seems like they are full of issues. So the province needs exemplary punishment for taking charge of these kids and making their life even worse 🙁😢😡
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Peter Shaw
Being a teen mother is not a licence to abuse or neglect a child. Plenty of teen mothers manage to not have their children taken away by Social Services. I get the whole romantic appeal to emotion many people are making, but I just don't buy into it. If accountability and punishment is what people want then fine -- be morally and logically consistent and hold all of the guilty parties accountable for their part in Serenity's death. Being a teen does not mean a person is no longer a moral agent who society holds responsible for his/her actions.
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Tammy Lloyd ·
Why were these children taken from healthy thriving foster homes and put in with family?

The mother was doing good. The kids were doing good.

Social Services is totally at fault and blame here. They moved the kids. They did no follow up. The family who took them refused training

Yes the mother is initially to blame. Absolutely. But it's a vicious and all too common of a cycle where abuse and addiction in homes go hand in hand. If she's out of that situation and she has done her treatment programs and is clean and remains clean - good on her. People make mistakes. It shouldn't define the rest of their lives.

How the children ended up in care is on the mother. How her daughter died by the system that that should've protected her us not.
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Manon Corsaut ·
Peter Shaw I agree. Mom also needs to take some of the responsibility for Serenity's death. RIP Serenity. No child should go through what you did. 😢
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Leona Poirier Perdue ·
Mom messed up. And was in process of repair. Moving those kids was a colossal error by the system. Not following up borders on criminal negligence. Why is this not before the courts!!??
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Leona Poirier Perdue ·
Mom messed up. And was in process of repair. Moving those kids was a colossal error by the system. Not following up borders on criminal negligence. Why is this not before the courts!!??
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Leona Poirier Perdue ·
Mom messed up. And was in process of repair. Moving those kids was a colossal error by the system. Not following up borders on criminal negligence. Why is this not before the courts!!??
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Julie Ali ·
Leona Poirier Perdue If you don't provide the information how are you supposed to go to court?
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Janice Reid King ·
Take the children from a white foster family where the child was thriving and her mom was part of life and place her with her loving family on the reserve. Really. This child died a slow painful death and no one is charged. Wrong. Come on people please give this child some justice.
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Donna Davies ·
For those of you who did not read the story, the abuse did not happen in foster care, where the children were thriving: "But child welfare workers decided to remove the children from their foster homes and place them instead with relatives on a nearby reserve. The relatives refused to go through the usual kinship care training."
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Mary Elizabeth
Training and background checks should be mandatory prior to a child being placed in a kinship home along with a supervision order be mandated for a year. The system failed these children!
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Tabby Sabo ·
Many many kids are being abused by trained foster parents go research the governments own statistics of how kids in care do in government care, I am crusty people pretending they know so much when it is quite clear thedo NOT do their own research
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Ken Cundliffe ·
Tabby Sabo did you even read the story? The abuse happened when the child was placed with relatives on a nearby reserve. Not the Foster parents. A child died. This child NEEDS justice served. Race, religion, and politics should not come into play here. This is so sad. This poor innocent little girl never had a chance
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Harvey Bishop
Tabby Sabo The number of deaths of children in foster care in Alberta over a long period of time is staggering. One death of a child in foster care or kinship care is one too many.
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Shona Holman ·
One more thing... and if I go to jail for breaching my gag order so be it... I contacted the media when my children were first taken. Many parents have because often it is not right. The media told me that they can not comment on an open case. This is actually a law... and im hoping they can print this anyway... so lets say your neighbor hits on you and you slap him and tell him to back off and he is mad. He gets mad and calls children services.. now lets say you are home with your kids and having a movie night. A couple empty bottles of pop and empty chip bags... you are waiting til the kids go to bed to do dishes.. they come in. There report will be garbage all over the floor and dirty dishes everywhere. Ive seen simular. You try to fight cause thats not accurate... but the directors tell you that it will take 8m months to a year and a half to have a trial. They then offer you a 3 or 6 month supervision order and offer to return the kids immediately. They also tell you that if you take it to court and they win... thats when the time starts. Given the choice of your children in care until court way down the road or signing an agreement and having them returned... I have never seen a loving parent not sign. Unfortunately to the courts signing an agreement is an omission of guilt. If you did no wrong you wouldnt agree. This tactic of withholding something or someone you love to make you agree to something against your will? Its called terrorism. I encourage every person and journalist out there to look it up. We ensure our childrens safe return by signing away our rights... and then learn later the court sees that as an omission of guilt!!. Our options are take up to 5 times as long fighting while we hold your kids hostage or sign... and when we sign so we can see and protect our kids we later learn its saying we are admitting we were wrong. Im pretty sure I didn't breach my gag order.. but pretty please let the public know this! Spread the truth and teach us how to defend ourselves!
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Kim Edwards
The system is so messed up...so sad.
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Sarah Doyle ·
Paula Simons where are Serenity's older brother and sister now? Please tell me they are not still with the 'guardians' responsible for starving, beating, and sexually abusing Serenity? This is so unjust.
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Paula Simons
The older siblings are with their mum, and seemingly doing well. They are stil in touch with their former foster family - the good one - via Skype, too. I'm sure they will carry psychological scars of what happened forever, though.
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Sarah Doyle ·
Paula Simons thank you for your reply. That is the only good news to come out of this tragedy.
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Lynn Bonnar
beyond a digrase on the cities behalf for not putting the monsters that did this in prison, is it to protect child protection unit that failed the whole family, basicly aiding and abedding the monsters to torture this poor child and who know since, is it so the city doesn't get sued for their gross negligence or is it so the family doesn't receive servivers benefits. This city is the good for nothing but harbouring the worlds most dangerous criminals and drugs!
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Louise Consterdine
Lynn, this nothing to do with the city. It's a provincial responsibility.
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Lynn Bonnar
Louise Consterdine it sure is, this is not the first child homicide that went un punished or uninvestigated in recent history within Edmonton. The police could have investigated moment one, the doctors and nurses should have reported the bruising on the child moment one and never should it get to the point that the general public are begging for justice for a poor child that blatonly appears to have been tortured to death. It sure is on the city at every level, apparently they cannot or won't protect children!
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Lynn Bonnar
Louise Consterdine I would also like to add the by LAW any minor child that dies in Alberta and had not been seen by a doctor within 2 weeks prior to the child's death has to be investigated by police as well full autopsy is to be preformed to determine cause of death including signs of abuse, than why was this child, who has beyond advious assult injuries including what appears to be sexual assult, not investigated? There is no excuse the medical system as well the law enforcement basicly aided and abbeded this horrible crime!
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Louise Consterdine
If you read the article before commenting, you will discover some facts.
1. Serenity did not live in the city. Child Welfare had placed her with relatives "on a nearby reserve". Edmonton police have no jurisdiction on reserve. This is nothing to do with the City. It is a provincial/federal matter.
2. Of course Serenity's death was investigated. Who said it wasn't? According to the article, the RCMP have concluded their investigation and their report is now being reviewed by the Prosecutions people at Alberta Justice. If they decide there is a reasonable possibility of winning a guilty verdict with evidence that has been collected they will go ahead and prosecute. Otherwise the file goes back to the RCMP for more work.
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Louise Consterdine
If you read the article before commenting, you will discover some facts.
1. Serenity did not live in the city. Child Welfare had placed her with relatives "on a nearby reserve". Edmonton police have no jurisdiction on reserve. This is nothing to do with the City. It is a provincial/federal matter.
2. Of course Serenity's death was investigated. Who said it wasn't? According to the article, the RCMP have concluded their investigation and their report is now being reviewed by the Prosecutions people at Alberta Justice. If they decide there is a reasonable possibility of winning a guilty verdict with evidence that has been collected they will go ahead and prosecute. Otherwise the file goes back to the RCMP for more work.
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Lynn Bonnar
Louise Consterdine I more than read this article, I have read the previous articles on this case and just recently have the rcmp did any kind of investigation but it took a couple years and the mother as well as the reporter to make it public before they even investigated at all. The child did not always live on a reserve the forst foster family did not live on the reserve as well the hospital where the child was brought is in Edmonton, there for that is the exact time the police should have been called and investigation started!
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Paula Simons
Lynn Bonnar Although Serenity died in Edmonton - because she'd been airlifted to the Stollery - the criminal investigation was the responsiblity of the RCMP, because she'd been injured in central Alberta community where she lived. The Edmonton Police Service only had a little involvement - the older two kids were cared for at the Zebra Child Protection Centre in the immediate aftermath of Serenity's death. But while we might be able to point fingers of blame at the province, the band council and the RCMP, there is no way in which I can see that the city of Edmonton was to blame in any way. (Also - as I've reported many times, there was an autopsy. But because of underfunding, understaffing and management chaos in the ME's office, that autopsy report wasn't completed for more than two years after Serenity's death.)
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Lynn Bonnar
Paula Simons you definately would know more than me about this case. More importantly than pointing fingers is to make sure the people responsible for this crime be dealt with in the court of Law. I think you are a true example of what journalism/journalist should be and represent!
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Heather Kachuk
This makes me ill. Why isn't someone looking after these children. Hire more people for God's sake. RIP sweet one. When it comes to children there is no excuse. GET IT TOGETHER SOCIAL SERVICES. So many people are looking for jobs HIRE SOME so this stuff never happens. NO EXCUSES, I hate this government in Edmonton, Alberta. This happens much too often. Time for it to stop.
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Tabby Sabo ·
Omg no the families need support in getting their children home , financial incentives for giving children away removed .
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Ashley Anjlien Kumar ·
You need to tag YourAlberta (Government of Alberta), and Rachel Notley, and any other government agency that needs to improve this system! We must get their attention
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Leona Poirier Perdue ·
Children services will never 'get it together'. They need a complete overhaul. Sadly. Inconsistent, subjective decisions are made ALL the time. Some turn out ok...others Result in tragedy. Like this. 😔
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Harvey Bishop
Heather Kachuk The foster care system in Alberta has been in a very bad state of disarray for a very long time. The Alberta PCs did absolutely nothing about this. Heather Forsythe and Iris Evans did absolutely nothing about this, when they were the Ministers of Children's Services. The Serenity issue goes back to 2014, when the Alberta PCs were in charge. They did absolutely nothing about any previous deaths of children in foster care in Alberta, (and there were many). Heather Forsythe conveniently crossed the floor to join the Wildrose, to avoid responsibility for her incompetence and neglect. Iris Evans convienently resigned from politics. The foster care system, like many other things in Alberta, have been broken by decades of Alberta PC mismanagement and neglect and things can't be fixed very quickly. Things do have to be fixed and that will happen.
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Ian G McClelland
I'm just guessing... but, did the 'relatives' take in the children out of the goodness of their hearts or was money involved? Why would the children be taken from a happy and secure location to a relative of the mother, against the mothers wishes, if money were not involved. And of course, political correctness. God forbid a 'first nations' child should be cared for by a non native foster family.

What a tragic situation from every perspective.
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Judy Babiuk ·
Agree with Peter Shaw - but how could the social worker neglect the obvious abuse, and it's time someone is held accountable. The mom got help and hopefully remains clean - did not deserve to have her child die- child abused by reserve. Hold everyone responsible accountable. Staying in same ethnic families isn't always right. Sick disgusting
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Tabby Sabo ·
Do your home work Judy 685 kids deaths were hidden from the public , autopsy reports were willfully being corrupted , Alberta justice , I am appalled at how little people know about how child protection works. #OpExposeCps Alberta youth voice radio
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Judy Babiuk ·
I am aware Sabo - too many kids have passed w/o public awareness or inaccurate reports for many years. I am also aware of the huge caseloads CPS workers have to manage - overburdened with no resources for more staff and the stress can cause human error. The main point is accountability/consequences for the occurred incident. Hope u have a better day and not have a chip on ur shoulder much longer!
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Joshua Webber ·
Something needs to be done! Justice for Serenity! As a father my heart breaks for Serenitys mother and family. I could not imagine the pain they are going thru. Our government needs to act now and bring those responsible to Justice. I am appauled that nothing has been done already, it is unexceptable!Politics aside this issue needs to be addressed.
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Kyle D.W Wickstrom
The agency responsible for placing this child in the care of the scum that did this to her, are nothing more than human traffickers. They enabled this whole thing, and should be charged along with the perpetrator
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Janet Schwab McCrimmon
So wrong .....I will never understand the reason for removing children from foster care and returning them to family that are dysfunctional ....this fail is on Social Services and the people who did this should be prosecuted.....
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Britney Chartrand
Child services is broken. Once they take a child and the parents do courses and get their life back on track, they don't typically get their child back. This is even worse in the aboriginal community's. It's sickening to see this STILL happening these days. When will the government bodies stop brushing aboriginals under the rug? This is such a sad story and it's even more sad nothing is being done because of her status.
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Lynn Bonnar
Paula Simons you should be journalist of the year for reporting the most important story I have seen in the news within years! Keep updating on this story you are part of this story now and true hero in trying to defend a poor child left without defence!
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Kyle D.W Wickstrom
There is no level of punishment that will ever bring justice to this poor kid. This world is a sick place, and everyone that was involved in what happened to this poor kid will rot in hell. Look at those pictures. There are no words
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Hollie Sackett-Reid ·
I am sickened about this. My heart breaks for this little one, her brothers and mother. I can't comprehend how on earth those in charge just left her there without intervention. And no charges?!?!? What is going on? 😢
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Afsana Alam ·
This is truly truly painful to watch what happened to this innocent child. It is ruthless. I am hating this social workers and this whole system. God know how many more kids are being abused like this. This has become a common news now but govt could careless. These kids want justice. Come on people do something 😢😡😞
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Daphne Georgina Barclay
this should never happen to any child regardless of their race, these people should be charged. poor wee one she paid the price.
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Vicki Mona Savoie ·
Someone needs to be charged with murder and thrown into jail. Everything about the situation is wrong. It breaks your heart. Prayers for Serenity and her Mother and siblings 😢
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Shona Holman ·
There is so much that people do not understand... but I would like to set the record straight. The boy who was starved? He was taken because he was malnourished and sick... his parents refused to accept he had diabetes or treat him. Once he was healthy again they returned him. They had to take him again. This was when Childrens protective services was attempting to change the legislation so that they could stalk families all across the country. The family said they wanted to move out of province. Knowing that the parents would not treat his diabetes they sent him back still malnourished and wi...See More
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Rebecca Jones-Pelegrin ·
Good for you Mama. You are and have repaired your life and Serenity deserves justice.
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Alexis Santos ·
This is absolutely horrific!! Someone needs to be held responsible. This needs to be investigated immediately. Why has it taken so long. Those poor children.
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Diane Eveleigh
It is too bad that the legal guardians are not facing charges and it is so sad that they put the race of the people ahead of the needs of the little girl and her sibs.
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Tabby Sabo ·
And the legal guardians were CFSA ( children's services
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Susan Hicks ·
And here we have yet another failure on the part of children's services to do their job....which by the way is to protect the children and make sure they have the best possible care. To make sure the quality of their lives is such that they are well looked after...loved and nourished both bodily and emotionally
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Stella Benny
This is obscene! Serenity should have justice! She did not neglect nor abuse herself, someone in that household should be held responsible and needs to be arrested. This double-standard is unacceptable!! Canadian laws are meant to protect the innocent, not the perpetrator. The system grievously failed her.
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Harvey Bishop
Stella Benny Those responsible for this incident from 2014, do need to be held accountable. That includes the government of the time; for not properly dealing with this and the many other incidents from previous years.
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Carole Moon
Being a social worker myself, I don't understand why they would place the children in kinship care if the family refused to be vetted. Is there no follow-up to how the children are doing in their relatives homes after they are placed. The kinship family has to be held responsible legally. If CPS is not allowed to monitor the children's well-being in kinship care, that needs to be changed.
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Tabby Sabo ·
Please remember that Serenitys mom told the caseworker the kids were being abused. The doctor acknowledged that Serenity was underweight YET THaE CASE WORKER DID NOTHING , you have no idea how common this is , it's because most of this stuff is hidden from the public !
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Carole Moon
If the case workers had knowledge the children were being abused, why was there no follow-up by CPS?
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Debbie Bodner
This is absolutely shocking !
Who is to blame for this travesty !
Get on it !
Someone should be charged !
I'm an Albertan and I demand some answers for this mom !
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Cheri Heywood ·
My heart goes out to the mom, her living children and especially to Serenity. May God speed up the Justice System because the province sure isn't doing any type of a job right now.
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Charmaine Cardinal ·
Omg poor baby yes you will never be forgotten omg this makes me so mad
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Char A Let Price
I couldn't even read it all💔💔😓so sorry for the mom and all she had to go through and still..
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Kristy Pilip ·
💔💔we will not forget Serenity❤️
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Gina Nikole Scott North ·
Justice for Serenity!!! 😢💔
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Dawn Westad-Hollins ·
Works at Self-Employed
Tell me please that Serenitys brother and sister are safe. �
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Paula Simons
They were reunited with their mum and are living with her in another part of Canada, far away from the place where this happened.
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Dawn Westad-Hollins ·
Works at Self-Employed
Paula Simons, thank you.
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Lynn Hoffman ·
Children are falling thru these cracks on a regular basis. ..children are dying horrible deaths...
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Cheryl Glover Chiasson
This child needs Justice. The Govt agencies and foster care givers need to answer for her abuse and death!
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Aidan Crossen ·
Horrific. 😢 someone please hold those monsters accountable. Who does that to children?!?!
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Charlene Manning
So sad poor children my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I'm cases like this there are never no winners.
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Kristine Lee ·
That poor baby. She deserves justice. I hope she gets it. This news is so disturbing.
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Melanie Keaton Kaylen ·
Suck f*ks!! Something needs to be done! If nothing gets done now, than this will continue to whomever they come into contact with. I hope they dont reprduce. God help those who ever have to be near the sick ppl who did that to the baby baby girl RIP Sweetie
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WL Paterson
Im so very sorry for your loss of a beautful child.
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Victor Barr
This makes me sick deep in my gut. The useless morons in the government will end up doing nothing.
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Anne Pratchler ·
So sad. The foster parents should be charged with murder.
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ChrisandCandace Owen ·
It wasn't the foster parents, they were moved to a Kinship (which means biological family) home on the reserve. They flourished with their Foster home.
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Tracey Hargreaves ·
Just not right! Justice for this precious one!
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Sharon Linton
This is terrible those poor children why
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Crystal Ann
So sad poor baby:(
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Preston Wills
Paula Simons is a hack that capitalizes on on people
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Ing ShortSchulz
Who could treat an innocent child this way? 💔
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Leila Tkachuk Fadeyiw
Horrible! Makes me want to cry
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Deanna Knoblick ·
Absolutely horrible. Breaks my heart.
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Jarrett Lee ·
Works at BioWare
Nobody charged? What the hell??
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Julie Ali ·
No one is ever charged. The most that happens is the GOA pays out to the families IF they sue. We pay but no one else in the GOA pays. Most of these families are not able to sue the GOA. It's a sad situation.
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Desiree Stewart
So incredibly sad...
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Corrine Dauphinee Mischiek
The saddest thing I've ever read!
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Jocelyn Wiggins
The system stinks.
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