Manitoba social workers co-author book on how changes can be made to the child welfare system


We spend a lot of time tearing down the child welfare system while talking to parents who are caught up in the seemingly never-ending cycle of state control of their children.

We’ve talked to foster parents frustrated by what they see in the system and occasionally hear from workers who left the social work profession because of what they’ve witnessed.

On the latest edition of InFocus, we hear from two social workers in Manitoba who penned the book Child and Family Dis-services: Objective perspective inside the system.

Kareen Thompson and Cynthia Eyeshemitan say the colonial system of child welfare has inflicted harm disproportionately on Indigenous families and they believe communities taking back control of child welfare under C-92 is an essential first step in restoring the notion that it takes a village to raise a child – a village that child belongs to – not stolen from.

Also on the show, we get an update from a Manitoba family who battled an Indigenous child welfare agency to have a judge order their infant son be returned to them – only to learn that while embroiled in that legal case, the mother’s oldest daughter was quietly given up for adoption by the province.

Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Melissa is a proud Red River Metis and award-winning journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces.
She then joined APTN Investigates in 2009 and APTN National News in 2018 and in that time has garnered numerous awards and nominations including from the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (2013), Canadian Association of Journalists (2016, 2019) and Canadian Screen Awards (2018, 2019).