"Child protection" problem in
Kentucky: secrecy in closed court

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On 14 July 2015, the Supreme Court of B.C. handed down an unprecedented judgment J.P. v. British Columbia (Children and Family Development), 2015 BCSC 1216. This is the first case in Canadian legal history in which child protection workers are found liable for misfeasance in public office, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of the standard of care. Litigations between JP and the MCFD are summarized in JP Aftermath. Our commentary on the Plecas Review Part 1: Decision Time was published on 4 January 2016. On 31 August 2017, the Court of Appeal for B.C. set aside the orders in the civil proceeding against the Director/Province, set aside the finding that Mr. Strickland committed misfeasance in public office, that the Director and her delegates breached their fiduciary duty to the children, and that the Director and her delegates breached the standard of care in the decisions they made with respect to the children while they were in her care.
Arbitrary Removal of the 13
Gates Children in Texas, U.S.A.

Our Purposes

  • To provide compassionate support to parents with children unjustly removed or are under unfair scrutiny or over investigation of the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD);

  • To preserve families during MCFD intervention by having children safely returned to their rightful custodial parents/caregivers according to their wishes, safety and the best interests of children at the earliest possible time;

  • To ensure that:
  1. the least intrusive, cost-efficient and productive measure is used;
  2. social workers do not act outside their authority;
  3. social workers are genuinely working for the best interests of children and families when carrying out their duties; and
  4. treating children and parents with fairness, honesty and respect;
  • To prevent or minimize child protection worker's abuse of statutory authority and public resources and render them more accountable to their actions;

  • To keep Canadians well informed of the impacts of the child protection industry.

[This page was added since inception, last revised on 23 March 2015.]