Doula Project Aims to Strengthen Bonds Between Indigenous Mothers and Infants and Reduce the Number of Days Infants Spend in Care
CTV host Maralee Caruso, speaks to Jolene Mercer (Executive Director of the Initiative) and Tara Petti (CEO, Southern Network) to learn about Manitoba's first social impact bond, the Restoring the Sacred Bond Initiative.
The pilot will support up to 200 at-risk expectant mothers. SFNNC will lead the project and work with the doula service provider, Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag, to identify expectant mothers who may not have the resources to effectively parent their babies.
Manitoba's first social impact bond is looking for $3 million in private investment to pay for a program to reduce the number of days children in the province spend in care.
Restoring the Sacred Bond is an early intervention program aimed at reducing the number of newborn child welfare apprehensions and days that young children are spending in the care of child welfare.
Teens who give birth in care are 11 times more likely to have their babies taken by child protection services
A provincial court judge has overturned a Ministry of Child and Family Development sanctioned apprehension and ordered an Indigenous mother to be reunited with her baby.
Aboriginal heritage must be considered when placing a child with an adoptive family, but it does not overrule all other factors in deciding their best interests, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled.