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Impacts on children, families and society

From time to time, child protection regimes are troubled by scandals and CPS-created atrocities. Our "Cases" page contains a number of embarrassing cases from various jurisdictions attesting the foregoing. Crisis such as the death of Sherry Charlie in British Columbia (2002) and the murder of 5-year old Aboriginal Phoenix Sinclair in Manitoba (2005) turned out to be an opportunity to get a larger budget. Incidentally, both victims are Aboriginal children.

Young children are often used to raise funds and to garner public support. At times, they are used to serve a political purpose. Residential school is an example of the foregoing when government used cultural assimilation to destroy the First Nation as a sovereign power that may threaten the legitimacy of the colonial regime. Politicians like kissing babies to portray that they are family-oriented, approachable, trustworthy, likable, empathetic and popular. Elected officials from different political orientations are mostly pro child removal for political and economic reasons. Of course, they will never admit this and would like the public to believe that child removal decision is not made lightly and children are removed for their safety. You will hear this script on TV when a children minister is interviewed by reporter after an atrocity occurs in foster home.

Generally speaking, attempts to reduce a child protection budget or to restrict the absolute power of service providers are met with resistance at the political level due to the risk of perceived apathy towards child welfare, the appearance of failure to protect vulnerable children, the risk of retaliation when the financial interest of the child protection industry is jeopardized and reduction of federal subsidy if fewer Aboriginal children are removed.

The notion of wrongful child removals and abuse of power is never addressed. Politicians turn a blind eye to these problems and consider that they do not exist. Decision makers do not appear to realize that some atrocities involving death of young children are unpreventable. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it. In many circumstances, more tax dollars allocated to child protection has little bearing in mitigating child safety risk. State funding certainly provides financial and job security incentive for service providers to remove more children. Under the pretext of child protection, social workers have absolute statutory power and job security incentive to do so with little repercussion. No one could hold them accountable. They act as business brokers to disburse funds in the child protection budget. Service providers in the industry all flock up to aggrandize. This opens government to corruption and racketeering. Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they are ratified into law. It is safe to contend that more children will be removed and more foster children will die in care if more tax dollars are put into the child protection industry.

Impacts of state-sponsored child removal on children, families and society are discussed as follows:

  1. The Negative Effects of Foster Care on Removed Children

  2. Critical Injuries and Deaths of B.C. Children and Youth "In Care" of MCFD

    According to "Representative's Report - Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations" published quarterly by the Representative of Children and Youth, the number of critical injuries and deaths of B.C. children and youth who were "in care" or receiving reviewable services are listed below:
    Report # Report Date Period Between Critical Injuries Reported Deaths Reported
    1 7 November 2007 1 June 2007 and 30 Sept. 2007 69 (59) 26 (3)
    2 26 February 2008 1 Oct. 2007 and 31 Jan. 2008 46 (15) 31 (4)
    3 9 July 2008 1 Feb. and 31 May 2008 48 (10) 26 (2)
    4 4 November 2008 1 June and 30 Sept. 2008 50 (24) 27 (2)
    5 18 March 2009 1 Oct. 2008 to 31 Jan. 2009 44 (13) 13 (5)
    6 9 July 2009 1 Feb. 2009 to 31 May 2009 49 (17) 30 (4)
    7 12 Nov. 2009 1 June 2009 – 30 Sept. 2009 49 (15) 34 (2)
    8 15 March 2010 1 Oct. 2009 – 31 Jan. 2010 43 (9) 25 (0)
    9 7 July 2010 1 February 2010 to 31 May 2010 35 (8) 27 (2)
    10 4 November 2010 1 June 2010 to 30 September 2010 34 (12) 32 (2)
    11 15 March 2011 1 October 2010 – 31 January 2011 41 (20) 35 (2)
    12 14 July 2011 1 February 2011 – 31 May 2011 123 (97) 23 (5)
    13 17 November 2011 1 June 2011 – 30 September 2011 142 (54) 28 (3)
    14 14 March 2012 1 October 2011 – 31 January 2012 123 (58) 39 (2)
    15 17 July 2012 1 February 2012 – 31 July 2012 119 (71) 41 (14)
    16 28 November 2012 1 June 2012 – 30 September 2012 124 (49) 40 (1)
    17 14 March 2013 1 October 2012 – 31 January 2013 85 (51) 28 (2)
    18 12 July 2013 1 February 2013 – 31 May 2013 101 (55) 28 (3)
    19 19 February 2014 1 June 2013 – 30 September 2013 124 (70) 38 (2)
    20 15 April 2014 1 October 2013 – 31 January 2014 102 (67) 30 (3)
    21 3 September 2014 1 February 2014 – 31 May 2014 95 (57) 25 (2)
    22 15 January 2015 1 June 2014 – 30 September 2014 106 (64) 31 (2)
    23 6 May 2015 1 October 2014 – 31 January 2015 83 (53) 32 (0)
    24 19 October 2015 1 February 2015 – 31 May 2015 134 (70) 31 (0)
    25 28 January 2016 1 June 2015 – 30 September 2015 245 (124) 58 (3)
    26 4 April 2016 1 October 2015 – 30 January 2016 217 (131) 36 (1)
    27 6 October 2016 1 February 2016 – 31 May 2016 247 (134) 37 (0)
    Total 2,678 (1,407) 851 (71)


    (n) where n denotes the number of cases of critical injuries and deaths while children were in care of MCFD.

    [The above table was last updated on 23 October 2016.]

  3. CPS accused parents of medical child abuse
    Children in the "care" of MCFD commit suicide, die of accident, are killed or abused (see MCFD's statistics). A web site called "Protected to Death by CPS" has been established in memory of children died when "in care" of "child protection" service.
  4. According to a 2008 study by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Representative for children and youth in B.C.),

    • 44% of adolescents receiving services from MCFD end up facing criminal charges;
    • 36% of kids in care are going to jail;
    • only 24% of foster children finish high school.

    (source document: Lori Culbert, Canwest News Service published: Thursday, June 26, 2008).

  5. According to the joint major study released by the Representative for Children and Youth and the Provincial Health Officer on February 23, 2009:

  6. According to the Growing Up In B.C. report released by the Representative for Children and Youth and the Provincial Health Officer on October 18, 2009:

    • Children in care are nearly three times more likely to consider suicide – and nearly six times more likely to have attempted suicide at least once – than youth who have never been in care.
    • Aboriginal children and children in care are less likely to experience success in school.
    • Children in care are more likely to engage in risky behaviour, such as using tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
    • Children in care are more likely to have gone to bed hungry.
    • Youth in care consistently talked about the challenges they face in everyday life, such as creating and maintaining long-term relationships, having no-one to see them graduate, not having adult support or financial means to encourage them to do well in school or apply for post-secondary education.
  7. According to "Legal delays could double number of cases tossed" (Vancouver Sun 29 July 2011), 65 criminal cases have been tossed in British Columbia Provincial Court from 1 January 2011 to 29 July 2011 because of significant delays in the legal system. If the trend continues, the number of cases stayed in 2011 because of delays could be more than double the 56 cases dropped in 2010.

    The Ministry often seeks child protection hearings that require many court days. This will guarantee that hearings will take place far in the future, hence lengthening the child holding period for the benefit of the "child protection" industry and allowing time to fabricate "evidence" to support the Ministry's legal actions. Many of these hearings are eventually canceled by the Ministry due to return of children to parents in some weak cases (to avoid their abuse of power being uncovered in hearings) or beating parents to agree to the Ministry's position. These hearings are often canceled shortly before hearing dates. This scheduling tactic deprives scarce and expensive court time to hear other more important cases. As a result, more and more criminal cases are judicially stayed due to a breach of charter right of failing to try within a reasonable time [Section 11 (b) of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms]. Although criminal cases dropped are often of a minor nature, the function of the judiciary to provide efficient and timely adjudication is impaired. Society suffers because some criminals walk free and may re-commit due to a lack of deterrent.

  8. The previous point also confirms the view of the American scholar Professor Stephen Baskerville written in the Insight Magazine (June 18, 2001) that it is to the interest of the judiciary to pack the courts with cases:

    "The one great principle of the law," wrote Dickens, "is to make business for itself." Like all courts, family courts complain of being overburdened. Yet it is clearly in their interest to be overburdened, since judicial powers and salaries, like any other, are determined by demand for their services. "Judges and staff ... should be given every consideration for salary and the other perks or other emoluments of their high office," Judge Page suggests, adding that divorce-court judges should aim to increase their volume of business. "As the court does a better job more persons will be attracted to it," he observes. He also writes, "The better the family-court system functions, the higher ... the volume of the persons served." A court "does a better job" by attracting more mothers (who file the overwhelming majority of divorces) with windfall divorce settlements.

    Publicity of criminal cases tossed will create public concern. This will pressure government to hire more judges and build more courthouses to ease the artificially created caseload. Taxpayer is a vulnerable and easy target.

  9. Self serving financially motivated service providers have strong influence, if not direct control, of government child protection policy and legislation. In a command economy where there is little accountability and transparency, corruption and racketeering are inevitable. It results in more social problems and high tax burden to society.

[This page was separated from the "Empirical Data & Stats" page on 20 October 2010, last revised on 3 August 2011.]