Handing over cash to parents for their children does nothing to address issues of quality care. We don’t have adequate quality care for kids in Canada.
Society doesn’t fully appreciate how crucially important those first years are, and how important that parent-child relationship is. It’s not just quality time, it’s quantity of quality time. Children need caregivers who are there, who are not preoccupied by work.
I think we need to really understand that child-bearing families in Canada need a lot more support than they’re getting.
We know the further north you are in Ontario, the sparser is the health care, and the further you have to go and the less likely you are to have access.
More than 1 in every 5 First Nations children in the province of Manitoba spend some time in care before their 15th birthday.
In Canada we have child protection policy as opposed to family welfare policy. In other countries, if a child is at risk, rather than removing that child from the family, they make sure the family has the supports so the child can stay within the family.
It becomes more and more difficult to find enough families who can provide adequate and good care when there are so many children being put into care.