Ending Birth Alerts

Ending Birth Alerts

WINNIPEG - The First Nations family advocate for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says her office continues to get calls from pregnant women worried their babies will be taken.

Cora Morgan says it's one thing to say birth alerts will end but another to significantly reduce the number of children in care.

Birth alerts were used to notify hospitals and child welfare agencies that a more thorough assessment was needed before a newborn was discharged to a parent who was deemed high risk.

The number of newborns taken into care dropped dramatically as birth alerts ended across Canada but child welfare experts warn ceasing the practice cannot be the only step governments take to keep families together.

TOPICS:   Manitoba News

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