Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocate has wrapped up investigations into the deaths of two young First Nations children in care.
Sharon (not her real name) was nine months old when she died of undetermined causes while in her parents care.
Advocate Del Graff was notified of her death because she had received intervention services two months before her death.
After reviewing the case, Graff is recommending that Human Services require individual support plans for children that reflect their age. He also recommends that the ministry work on a better transition for children going from child intervention care, back to their families.
The second child, Marie was four years old when she died after being fatally injured while in care of her guardians.
Child intervention services had ended almost one year prior to her injuries.
The Medical Examiner has not yet released the cause of Marie’s death and the investigation is ongoing.
Graff is calling for changes in the oversight of the kinship care system, which places children in homes where there might be family connections or close relatives.
Both of the children died within the past two years.
The investigative reviews are Graff’s 19th and 20th as Alberta’s child and youth advocate.