Saskatchewan advocate says rehab mom, kids not treated fairly by child welfare

Associated Press

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's children's advocate says two youngsters and their rehabilitated mother were not treated fairly by child welfare.

Bob Pringle says in a report that it was initially correct for Social Services to take the boy and girl from their mother, who was a drug addict and prostitute.

Pringle says ministry staff was supposed to work with the mother to help her get better and to reunite the family.

He says those efforts stopped when the ministry sought permanent wardship of the kids, but should have continued.

Pringle says the decision not to work co-operatively with the woman may well have affected the bond between the children and their mother.

The young woman turned her life around to become a healthy and devoted mother and a court ordered the children be returned to her.

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