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In BC, Odds Are Stacked Against Parents Fighting the Children’s Ministry – TheTyee.ca

Lack of legal aid, complex and costly courts are barriers. First in a series.

Maegen Giltrow had no experience with child welfare law before 2016.

That’s when the Huu-ay-aht First Nation asked her to be the legal representative on a four-person panel looking into how the nation should respond to its child welfare issues.

Almost 40 per cent of the 220 Huu-ay-aht children were receiving child welfare services of some kind. Fifteen per cent were in government care.

Less than two years later, Giltrow was in court representing a Huu-ay-aht mom whose child — her first — had been apprehended by the ministry three days after being born.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/News/2018/11/20/Odds-Stacked-Against-Parents-Fighting-Ministry/

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