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B.C. ends 'birth alerts' in child welfare cases, but advocates say it's only first step


September 17, 2019

The B.C. government is ending a controversial practice that allowed hospitals and child welfare agencies to flag mothers deemed to be high-risk without them knowing, but advocates say the move doesn't spell the end of child apprehensions.

So-called hospital or birth alerts have often led to babies being seized from mothers just days after they were born. The alerts have been mainly used in cases involving marginalized women, including a disproportionate number of Indigenous women, the province said in its announcement Monday.


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