Child Intervention Review Panel Updates and Submissions

This resource page includes 4 sections

1 ALIGN initiatives and communications related to the Alberta Child Review Panel
2 Alberta Government information, updates, communications and meeting minutes
3 OCYA Investigative Review
4  News Articles 

1. ALIGN PARTNERS IN CHILD INTERVENTION

Time Sensitive: 1 Meeting Remaining  Posted May 24, 2018

We have been invited to provide feedback to the revisions and update of the Prevention and Early Intervention Framework in both Calgary and Edmonton May 2018.

Calgary -May 29, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Hull Services
2266 Woodpark Avenue SW,Calgary
Registration Link

ALIGN held several meetings to discuss CI Ministerial Panel Recommendation #7,9,11
Calgary May 7, 2018 and Edmonton May 8,2018

These session gathered feedback for the following recommendations:
#7. Work with Indigenous communities historic trauma healing services, which include access to ceremony and cultural healing.

#9. Mental health and addiction services culturally appropriate, accessible services for children, youth and families in the child intervention system, with a focus on expanding access (including for Albertans living in remote communities, rural areas, on- and off-reserve) to preventative mental health and addictions services and treatment, including secure services. The Government of Alberta should prioritize implementation of recommendations of the Valuing Mental Health report to improve services for children and families before, during and after their involvement in the child intervention system.

#11.Improve transitional supports for youth in care to adult supports,ans post secondary opportunities that will help them succeed in life. this would expand supports already in place.

Nicole McFadyen ALIGN –Nicolem@alignab.ca


Invitation from Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister Children’s Services  to Community Engagement Meetings on Public Action Plan Regarding the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention Recommendations

In March 2018, the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention (MPCI) delivered 26 strong, consensus-based recommendations to strengthen the child intervention system. Government is taking action on the Panel recommendations to improve supports for vulnerable children and families. The panel recommended that Children’s Services engage with Indigenous people and other stakeholders as a part of co-creating a public action plan and reviewing the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA). This is one of many steps to implement the recommendations alongside Indigenous families, communities and leaders, and other vested partners. Engagement will produce a detailed, measurable public action plan by June 30, 2018.

I would like to invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in the Community Engagement Meetings. Four sessions will be held across the province:

Calgary April 25, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre 1316 – 33 Street NE

Lethbridge April 26, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sandman Hotel Lethbridge 421 Mayor Magrath Drive S

Edmonton April 30, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coast Edmonton Plaza 10155 – 105 Street

Grande Prairie May 8, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pomeroy Hotel 11633 – 100 Street

Each session will have discussion tables focusing on the following themes:

  1. Reconciliation
    Recommendations 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 23
  2. Support Families and Communities
    Recommendations 8, 9 and 10
  3. Sustain Cultural Connections
    Recommendations 11, 12 and 13
  4. Utilize the Strengths of Family Systems and Kinship Care Recommendations 14, 15, 16 and 17
  5. Support a Strong, Stable Workforce
    Recommendations 18, 19 and 22
  6. Combatting Discriminatory Mindsets
    Recommendation 20
  7. The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Review
    Recommendation 21
  8. Knowledge Mobilization – Research and Data
    Recommendations 24, 25 and 26

Please register online and select your preferred location and theme. If you have any questions, please email Aimee Caster, Engagement Specialist at CS.actionplan@gov.ab.ca.

Sincerely, Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister
Children’s Services, Government of Alberta T. 780-918-0079. aimee.caster@gov.ab.ca


Letter from Danielle Larivee Minister March 2018

Dear Ms. Barraclough:

The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention has delivered its final recommendations to help strengthen our Child Intervention system and improve the lives of children, youth and families across Alberta.
Over the past year, the Panel engaged in an unprecedented open, transparent engagement with stakeholders, families, communities, and Indigenous peoples.

Thank you for presenting to the Panel on behalf of ALIGN on June 14 and 15, 2017. Your input helped shape the Panel’s final recommendations, including those focused on reconciliation, sustaining cultural connections and better supporting families and communities. In doing so, you have helped create a brighter future for children and youth receiving Child Intervention services.

I look forward to reviewing these strong, consensus-based recommendations, which are available online at http://www.alberta.ca/child-intervention-panel.aspx

Our government will continue working with families and communities, valued partners like ALIGN, and most importantly with First Nations and other Indigenous peoples to co-create a public action plan that puts these recommendations into practice. This plan will be released in June.
Thank you again for presenting to the Panel and helping support vulnerable children and families across Alberta.

Sincerely,
Danielle Larivee
Minister

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To ALIGN On Behalf Of Rae-Ann Lajeunesse Alberta Government sent to ALIGN December 15, 2017

You may be aware that, as of December 11, Russ Pickford changed roles from Executive Director – Child Intervention North to become the Executive Director for Regional and Community Program Delivery, within our ministry’s Family and Community Resiliency (FCR) Division.  Fortunately, we’ll still be working with him in his new role within the FCR Division.This change has created an opportunity to review and realign the leadership structure for Child Intervention regional delivery.  We will be moving  forward on some changes to our leadership structure.  Effective Monday, December 18,  Jon Reeves will be the Executive Director of Child Intervention Services, overseeing child intervention service delivery across the province.  Jon believes Alberta is on the leading edge of service delivery and is focused on continuing to improve child intervention practice in Alberta.  I know Jon is looking forward to continuing to work with you to improve the lives of children and families in Alberta.With these changes, Jon will be filling the Regional Director positions in Edmonton and Calgary on an interim basis.  These positions should be filled by Friday, December 22.

ALIGN & MEMBERS SUBMISSION TO CHILD REVIEW PANEL

ALIGN Partners in Child Intervention Child Intervention Panel Submission June 30, 2017
ALIGN:  Presentation to Child Intervention Review Panel (ppt) June 15, 2017
ALIGN: Re-Envisioning Therapeutic Group and Residential Care:Closing the Gap Between: “What We Know” and “What We Do” June 15, 2017
ALIGN AFPA – Foster and Kinship Care Presentation for the Ministerial Panel for Child Intervention June 15, 2017
ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 1 – Working Relationships and Collaboration
ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 2 – The Practice of Child Intervention
ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 3 – Funding Community Agency Services A Sector in Crisis
ALIGN Edmonton Chapter Submission 1 – May 1, 2017
ALIGN Edmonton Chapter Submission 2 – “How do we build a society that prevents problems from occurring rather than one that copes with the consequences?” ‘June 15, 2017
Inter-Agency Foster Care Committee (IFCC) Submission to Review Panel June 29 2017
Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA) Submission to Child Intervention Panel June 2017
Children & Youth in Care and Mentoring Advisory Committee Submission to Child Intervention Panel June 21, 2017
FMAV Webcast Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention – June 15, 2017
Community Initiative Against Family Violence (CIAFV) Submission to Review Panel June 11, 2017
Child Review Panel Submission by Kathleen Kufeldt, MSW, PhD June 9, 2017
CSD Collaborative (Edmonton) The Family Centre Blog/Letter Submission Letter May 30, 2017
CSD Collaborative (Edmonton) Illustration of The Work 3 Stories May 30 2017
CSD Practice Manual Edmonton Region May 30 2017

Previous ALIGN Review Panel Correspondence

ALIGN Response to Budget March 19, 2017
No increases or fore-casted increases. In Children’s Services most increases went to growth caseload areas; financial and support agreements and advancing futures bursary funds.  The 60 FTE’s announced are to be put into the system in these growth areas.  Exactly where is still to be determined. Senior staff are optimistic that funds will come with future recommendations made by the Child Intervention Review Panel….

ALIGN Request for Agency Participation on Review Panel Dec. 2016


2. ALBERTA GOVERNMENT REVIEW PANEL

Government of Alberta Child Intervention Fact Sheets – February 1, 2018

Recommendations January 24, 2018
Alberta child intervention panel drafts 26 recommendations for government approval Action plan on recommendations due in June Stephanie Dubois · CBC News · Posted: January 24th 2018,

Alberta Government Child Intervention Panel Web Page.
Panel meetings will be open to the public whenever possible. A detailed list of all upcoming meetings will be posted as soon as dates, times and locations are confirmed. Following every meeting, the panel will provide a summary and audio recording outlining what was discussed. Panel meetings Now Closed Visit their page to listen audio recordings and meeting summaries

FATALITY REPORTS – ALBERTA JUSTICE
2018 Alberta Justice Public Fatality Inquiries
The Alberta government’s System to Track Responses to Fatality Inquiry Recommendations, launched in June 2017, documents the responses to fatality inquiry recommendations on a go-forward basis.

Reports 2018

RELEASES

OCYA Report: Children’s Services Minister Responds November 6, 2017
Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee issued the following statement in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today.

Government responds to OCYA reports Minister Sarah Hoffman issued the following statement, on behalf of Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee, in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today: July 18, 2017

Child Intervention Practices in Alberta Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention June 5 2017

Alberta Government News Release New bill would improve transparency and accountability for child-protection system May 30, 2017

Children’s Services Minister Responds to OCYA Report May 24, 2017

Children’s Services Minister Responds to OCYA Report March 14, 2017

Children’s Services Minister Responds to OCYA Report Feb 1, 2017

RELATED

Alberta Child Welfare Class Action

Child Intervention Practice Framework Documents (CIPF)

Signs of Safety


3. OCYA  INVESTIGATIVE REVIEW

Through the investigative review process, services provided to a young person are examined. Findings and recommendations are identified to help make systemic changes.  Final reports are non-identifying and made public.

OCYA Summary Report: Five Years of Investigations January 15, 2018
This Summary Report focused on 252 serious injuries or deaths of young people reported to the Advocate between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2017.

Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems OCYA November 2017

Video – Speaking Out: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

OCYA Investigative Review “Beyond Trauma: Disrupting Cycles, Effecting Change November 6, 2017
Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving deaths of three Indigenous youth
Read the full news release here. Read the Investigative Review and recommendations here.

Investigative Review: 16-Year-Old Dillon November 2, 2017
Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving the serious injury of a youth
Read the full news release here: Read the Investigative Review and recommendations here:

Government responds to OCYA reports Minister Sarah Hoffman issued the following statement, on behalf of Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee, in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today: July 18, 2017

FMAV Webcast Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention – June 15, 2017
Del Graff & Randy Baker will present our Special Report Voices for Change to the Child Intervention Panel

New child welfare legislation missing key component: Accountability from government Wind Speaker May 31, 2017
On May 30, Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee introduced Bill 18, the Child Protection and Accountability Act, which focuses on the child death review process. The bill increases the work load for the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate

Child advocate tells government to listen to at-risk children after heart-rending teen suicide No indication that 15-year-old’s concerns were acknowledged, Del Graff writes in latest report By Gareth Hampshire, CBC News May 24, 2017
Alberta’s child and youth advocate is making an impassioned plea to the government’s child-intervention system to do a better job of listening to children the system is helping
In a report released Wednesday, Del Graff says there is a pressing need for the government to develop an approach that concentrates on the children after the suicide death of a 15-year-old First Nations boy in Alberta more than two years ago…

March 14, 2017 Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving death of an 18-year-old man
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has completed an Investigative Review regarding the death of a young man and is publicly releasing the results of the review as outlined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act.

Death of Disabled Alberta Teen Raises More Questions About Kids in Care Feb 7, 2017 Alberta Child Advocate wants improvements after 19 year old died following move to group home
By Gareth Hampshire, CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017
The 2014 death of a severely disabled Alberta teenager from a group home has prompted the Child and Youth Advocate to again call for improvements to the province’s child-intervention system.

OCYA Investigative Review: 19-Year-Old Ernie Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving death of a disabled young man Feb 7, 2017
Edmonton…The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has completed an Investigative Review regarding the death of a young disabled man and is publicly releasing the results of the review as outlined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act. Read the full News Release here. Read the report “19-Year-Old Ernie” here.

Need to expand powers of Alberta’s child advocate suggested by auditor general CBC News January 17, 2017
Alberta’s auditor general has put forward ideas that would give the province’s child and youth advocate more clout, and compel bureaucrats to explain how they follow or ignore recommendations from the advocate’s office.

 


4. IN THE NEWS

Alberta child intervention panel drafts 26 recommendations for government approval Action plan on recommendations due in June Stephanie Dubois · CBC News · Posted: January 24th 2018,

‘Terrible consequences:’ Jane Philpott on Indigenous children in foster care Macleans January 16, 2018 

Fighting foster care The stunning number of First Nations kids in care is a new touchstone for activists—and for rebel parents By Kyle Edwards Macleans

Final stage of work underway for Alberta child welfare panel  Edmonton Journal December 6, 2017

Bereaved Alberta mother fights for resurrection of Serenity’s Law December 5, 2017

Serenity’s mother at Alberta legislature as UCP reintroduces child welfare bill​​​​​​​ Global News December 5, 201

Serenity’s Law will likely never become legislation, MLAs concede CBC News December 5, 2017

‘We should do more’: Child advocate tells government about LGBTQ2S+ youth CBC News November 20, 2017

Jane Philpott calls emergency meeting with provinces on Indigenous child welfare Global News November 2, 2017

More than 2 months into overtime, Alberta child intervention panel continues without deadline
Latest public panel meeting focused on supports for Indigenous children and familiesZoe Todd · CBC News · Posted: October 16th 2017

Child intervention panel extends its timeline Edmonton Journal October 4, 2017

‘That system abandoned me’: Child intervention panel hears from Paul First Nation Edmonton Journal October 2, 2017

Alberta’s child intervention panel focuses on better cooperation between ministries The National Sept. 11, 2017

Alberta action on First Nations child welfare funding could be setting national example The National July 31, 2017

Foster boy’s death a result of child welfare failings: Alberta judge iPolitics July 28, 2017

Child and youth advocate criticizes government for lack of action The St. Paul Journal July 28, 2017

‘Not going to wait’: Alberta government says they’ll close First Nations child welfare gap, then deal with the feds By Janet French Edmonton Sun July 19, 2017

Protecting Our Children Calgary Herald June 2, 201

Paula Simons: Child death review legislation a betrayal of public trust Edmonton Journal May 30, 2017

College of Physicians tells members to report youth who use fentanyl to Children’s Services Edmonton Journal May 13, 2017

Media has Serenity foster home facts wrong, but minister won’t correct record CBC News Edmonton May  10, 2017

You Can’t Paint This Pretty’ Province confirms there is still children in home where Serenity was assaulted pressreader May 10, 2017

Premier, minister under fire over latest revelations in Serenity case CBC News May 10, 2017

‘It’s shocking’: Opposition asks why children are still living in Serenity foster home CBC News May 10, 2017

.‘You can’t paint this pretty’: Alberta government confirms children still living in home where Serenity was assaulted Edmonton Sun May 10, 2017

Alberta child intervention panel hears how culture of fear could result in information being withheld Edmonton Sun May 10, 2017

First Nations health leader added to Alberta child intervention panel Calgary May 8, 2017

Paula Simons: Crisis management for Alberta’s two-tier child welfare system Edmonton Journal May 8, 2017

Tyler White, CEO for Siksika Health Services, is joining the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention May 8, 2017

Alberta NDP Vow To Fix Child Welfare System With Spring Legislation Opposition MLA Questions ‘Ludicrous’ Review Panel Process Edmonton Sun March 30, 2017

NDP Vows Quick Action But Opposition Frustrated As Child Intervention Panel Meets In Calgary / Calgary Herald March 30, 2017

Young homicide victim’s voice not heard by child-welfare system, advocate says in report By Nola Keeler, CBC News March 14, 2017

Family voices are needed in child death reviews: Ministerial Panel member By Gareth Hampshire CBC News March 1,2017

‘If they can’t give the answer, then why are we here?’: Culture of secrecy prompts outburst at child intervention panel

Alberta child intervention panel holds 2nd meeting By Slav Kornik and Phil Heidenreich Global News Feb 9, 2017

To Fix Child Services Address Negative Narrative Around Indigenous People: Director By: Kevin Maimann Metro Published on Tue Feb 07 2017

Child Intervention Review Panel Must Adopt Transparency: Wildrose By Gateway Gazette / February 6, 2017

Fatality inquiry’s status questioned in light of newly formed child intervention review panel Michelle LePage Edmonton Journal February 3, 2017

Paula Simons: Child death review panel opens with disturbing new numbers Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal Published on: February 2, 2017

Panel reviewing deaths of children in care criticized for lack of First Nations representativ CBC News Posted: Feb 01, 2017

10,000 reasons to get it right’: Alberta child intervention panel meets for first tim CBC News Posted: Feb 01, 2017  

Privacy vs. lived experience: Child intervention panel’s balancing act Edmonton Journal Feb 1, 2017

Social Work professor named to provincial government child review panel Bruce MacLaurin chosen for his expertise in child welfare policy and service delivery By Don McSwiney, Faculty of Social Work UToday January 23, 2017

Children’s Services needs people with project management skills, auditor general says Merwan Saher comments on findings of report on Indigenous children in care

Serenity’s mom hopes for change: Alberta continues focus on fixing child welfare Edmonton Journal January 25, 2017

Death of four-year-old Alberta girl prompts demand for changes to kinship care Keith Geren Edmonton Sun November 17, 2016

Death of four-year-old Alberta girl prompts demand for changes to kinship care Keith Geren Edmonton Sun November 17, 2016

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