Wednesday, January 11, 2012

FLEW - Young Mothers Formerly From Care Especially Vulnerable to CAS Apprehension of their Babies at Birth

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An Ontario Government funded organization known as the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) has published a document which provides information for women involved with child protection authorities in Ontario.

In that document, it clearly points out that young mothers who were former foster children are particularly vulnerable to having their babies apprehended (taken away from them) at birth by a Children's Aid Society simply because of the fact that they are young, and because of the fact that they were in the care of a Children's Aid Society themselves when they were young.

Both of these grounds listed by FLEW on page 7 of their legal information document titled "Child Protection and Family Law" are possibly grounds for human rights complaints since they appear to be based on a persons age, and their family status. The document states the following:

" the CAS will likely be concerned for your child’s safety if:...

  • you are a teen mom, especially if you were ever in the care of the CAS."

In an audio recording by FLEW, which is available on their website, they also clearly state the following.

"If you are a teen mother, especially if you were ever in the care of the CAS you are at particular risk of having your baby taken by the CAS at birth."

NOTE: Slide the player arrow in the audio player to 7 Minutes and 22 seconds at the following link

Source: (Audio File No. 2 : )

FLEW is made up of the following organizations:

Action ontarienne contre la violence faites aux femmes (AOCVF), Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Springtide Resources and YWCA Toronto