Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Martin's biological mother Velvet Martin was critical of government for not following up on issues that arose with the foster family. Velvet was successful in establishing Samantha's Law, an amendment to the Alberta Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act in December 2009, which states "The Family Support for Children with Disabilities Program to have separate legislation from that of child protection services."

-#TheMatterIsNotClosed------Samantha's Law needs to be confirmed by the GOA
Always ask for what you want.
In this case Velvet Martin wants the GOA to enshrine Samantha's Law.
Why won't government do this?
Government won't do anything for activists and so there is resistance.
If the NDPCs won't do it, let us ask the Wildrose folks to do it now.
We can ask the opposition to ask government why they won't do a simple thing like enshrine Samantha's Law.
And if the Wildrose can't get the NDPCs to do it, let's get the Wildrose to do it when they form the next government.

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and I took my words
the sable and the ermine ones

and I laid them out
in lines as pure as the light

of the summer day
I said them clearly to the world


and I asked for the words to live again
and become animals   who would work hard

these small beasts
that claw out of their deaths

and make a vision for me
I tell them to go hunt for the truth

and I took my words
the sable and the ermine ones

so that they might fight back
so that they might relentlessly defend the rights

of those who are silenced in our society
I made poems out of these animals


and I gave them to the world
one day while you are alone in the dark woods

and seeking for the truth
as I am    let my poems come to you

let the sable and ermine ones
come to you      let them claw away the lies

and I took my words
the sable and the ermine ones

let them accompany you
to where you need to go



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOBPiOdyGEM
Mumford & Sons - Ditmas
http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonton/2012/11/02/alberta-government-releases-public-inquiry-in-death-of-samantha-martin.html


Alberta government releases public inquiry in death of Samantha Martin

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By: Staff Metro Edmonton Published on Fri Nov 02 2012
The results of a fatality inquiry into the death of a 13-year-old Alberta girl were released by the province Friday.
Samantha Martin died in December 2006 in Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital. She had suffered from a rare genetic disease called Tetrasomy 18p, which lead to several symptoms and developmental delays.
Martin and had lived with a foster family for a large part of her life and at the time of her death, was living with her biological parents.
On Nov. 29, 2006, she came home from school and was vomiting and experiencing diarrhea. Later in the evening she was taken to hospital, and passed away on Dec. 3 when the decision was made to remove her from life support.
Martin's biological mother Velvet Martin was critical of government for not following up on issues that arose with the foster family. Velvet was successful in establishing Samantha's Law, an amendment to the Alberta Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act in December 2009, which states "The Family Support for Children with Disabilities Program to have separate legislation from that of child protection services."
A fatality inquiry determined that Martin's cause of death remains undetermined, but the manner of death was natural.
The recommendations from the report are as follows:

  • That Children’s Services should ensure that those caseworkers who work with a foster child have accurate and up to date information from a reliable medical source about the child’s disability and in particular, the impact, if any, of the disability on the health, weight, and fragility of the child. This needs to be well understood in order for the worker to make informed assessments about how the child is doing in care, especially in the case of a nonverbal child who cannot communicate concerns with the child’s worker.
  • That Children’s Services should look at enhancing current policies to ensure that children are actually receiving their annual medical checkups as required, including a diary system so that the issue is flagged and not inadvertently overlooked.
  • That where a recommendation comes from a reliable source (such as a school assessment) that a doctor examine the child for a possible medical issue that the child may be experiencing, that processes are in place to ensure the issue is flagged for follow up by Children’s Services in an effective and meaningful way, including required entry by the Children’s Services child care worker or other support staff at Children’s Services into a diary system.
  • Ensure that caseworkers for the child have a reasonable case load so that they have the time they need to be able to adequately document and follow-up on medical needs of the child.


http://www.calgaryherald.com/Samantha+Martin+when+died+December+2006/10060435/story.html





Samantha Martin was 13 when she died in December, 2006.

JOHN LUCAS, EDMONTON JOURNAL, FILE  



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Velvet Martin To the Minister of Children's Services, Alberta, Danielle Larivee:

May 30, 2017

The letter issued by the Ministry is disturbing not strictly due to abrupt and seemingly adversarial response, but due to incorrect observation of Policy.

Family Supports for Children with Disabilities Policy is the responsibility of the Minister of Children's Services, Danielle Larivee, not the Ministry for Persons with Disabilities under Irfan Sabir.

The Government does not seem to be well-informed about the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act; particularly, FSCD Section 2-3, aka, “Samantha's Law”. The Minister's lack of clarity herself is all the more grounds to revisit Policy and rename it for the child whom it originates for ease of identification amongst Government employees, the Courts, and the Pubic. 

Please review CYFA Manuals:

http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/c12.pdf

http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability.../14855.html 

Secondary, I wish to share views from members of the Public regarding the matter:

Sentiments are poignant and reflect my own feelings; particularly with the birthdate of my only daughter approaching in a few days (Samantha Martin, June 4th 1993-December 3rd 2006): 

1/ "Just saw your letter from the minister. Who (where) is their critic from Wildrose/PC? (Wildrose, Jason Nixon). Have they seen this response? Because I would be sending the letter to them to ask in the legislature why this government believes it does not owe an answer and a correct and thoughtful response to the mother of a child that died in care?

That letter dripped with ego! Sickening.

As a citizen of this province I am embarassed that my government treated one of my fellow citizens with such arrogance!"

2/ "Well, if really is not her beeswax, can't she just forward it to the relevant ministerial colleague with a pleasant letter recommending it to his/her notice? Rather than go all jobsworthy and reverse-whistle about it? As you say, Velvet, not a helpful attitude to take."

I shall refrain from re-posting less favourable views, but wish to be clear: The Public is monitoring this Government's actions/inaction closely. It is frustrating to envision a Ministry which either is ignorant of its own Policy or dependent upon the Public being uniformed. 

Incidentally, this Ministry is on Notice; the decision to exclude repercussions for employees who fail to follow Policy is a grievous error which will result in continued revisiting of deaths of children in care. 

http://edmontonjournal.com/.../alberta-government-to... 

An article discussing the death of my child. While years come & go, I still miss my daughter as if she died just yesterday. In absence of Government apology and lack of remorse demonstrated by callous response to a grieving mother, loss is amplified. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF0BumRitnA&sns=tw‬

Sincerely,

Velvet Martin


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