Friday, April 28, 2017

Bhullar got it right to name the child, says Langford, but the ministry put in other conditions. “I was at a meeting (Bhullar) had at the legislature where he was going to reveal the identity of children and very shortly thereafter the assistant deputy minister put in conditions that the director could refuse to release the names.” It was also reasoned that if the child had siblings in care, they didn’t have to release a name. “Which I thought was wrong. It was just another cop out,” Langford said. In the 20 years Langford has been in his job, he says approximately 800 children have died in care.-----------Julie Ali Just now · Just another cop out is correct. Naming kids who die in care would make them real to citizens. It's hard to dismiss a child named Serenity isn't it? But give us child X and it's just an anonymous death like those in Third World countries like Syria; such victims can be dehumanized and the fault of the government / public agencies is minimized. The entire business of FOIP and privacy is to protect the government at all levels and if families want the children named why the hell would any legislation prevent them from naming them in a just society? But we don't live in a just society. It's only just for the elite. It is not just for families of children in care of the government and never will be. This is just the way government in Alberta has kept the relationship between government and citizens and it won't change because government will not change it. What will change it is for families to simply go ahead and tell their stories to us. We'll be the change then.-------



Children who die in care should be named, insists advocate
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Julie Ali This is a no brainer but for obvious reasons cover your butt triumphs at the government of Alberta.
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Children who die in care should be named, insists advocate



Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 6:35pm
Donald Langford, executive director with Metis Child and Family Services
In the 20 years Donald Langford has been in his job, he says approximately 800 children have died in care.
By Shari Narine
Windspeaker Contributor
EDMONTON

When the names of children who die in care are not publicly released “You steal their spirit. You steal their soul,” said Donald Langford, executive director with Metis Child and Family Services.
The ministerial panel on child welfare has put off a decision on the issue of releasing the identities of children who die in care.
In 2014, former Conservative Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar tasked a panel on child welfare to bring forward recommendations on reforming and streamlining the child death review system. That panel made the recommendation to release names.
Bhullar got it right to name the child, says Langford, but the ministry put in other conditions.
“I was at a meeting (Bhullar) had at the legislature where he was going to reveal the identity of children and very shortly thereafter the assistant deputy minister put in conditions that the director could refuse to release the names.” It was also reasoned that if the child had siblings in care, they didn’t have to release a name.
“Which I thought was wrong. It was just another cop out,” Langford said.
In the 20 years Langford has been in his job, he says approximately 800 children have died in care.
Whether the child welfare panel members will include the question about publicly identifying children who have died in care as part of their scheduled consultations in the second phase of their work or as a special query is yet unclear.
The panel will have the Child Services ministry back in two weeks with a plan for consultation the panel could undertake, along with a report and any notes regarding Bhullar’s 2014 panel.
Some of the confusion around how to proceed, said panel chair Peace River MLA Debbie Jabbour, is that the topic was not included as part of the panel’s mandate, but instead came up as part of discussion with community members.

Just another cop out is correct. Naming kids who die in care would make them real to citizens. It's hard to dismiss a child named Serenity isn't it? But give us child X and it's just an anonymous death like those in Third World countries like Syria; such victims can be dehumanized and the fault of the government / public agencies is minimized. The entire business of FOIP and privacy is to protect the government at all levels and if families want the children named why the hell would any legislation prevent them from naming them in a just society?
But we don't live in a just society. It's only just for the elite.
It is not just for families of children in care of the government and never will be. This is just the way government in Alberta has kept the relationship between government and citizens and it won't change because government will not change it.
What will change it is for families to simply go ahead and tell their stories to us. We'll be the change then.

In the 20 years Donald Langford has been in his job, he says approximately 800 children have died in care.
WINDSPEAKER.COM

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