British Columbia Ends Child Welfare ‘Birth Alerts’

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British Columbia Ends Child Welfare ‘Birth Alerts’

September 16, 2019 | by Alex MigdalCBC News

The government of British Columbia, Canada, is ending its “birth alert” practice for brand-new mothers considered to be at high risk for child welfare system involvement. The practice allowed hospitals and child welfare agencies to issue alerts—without the mother knowing—that often led to the removal of infants as soon as four to six days after birth. While organizations calling to end the birth alerts said the move is “progress,” they say Indigenous mothers need more support. Read the full story here.