A mother who went public on Twitter about trying to get her children back from foster care has reunited her family.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, announced Friday the 11-year saga was over.
“All permanent wardship status are removed,” she said. “The supervision order which was in place has expired as of November 15, 2018.”
The Indigenous woman said she was crying tears of joy.
“I fought tooth and nail to get my children back into my care,” she added.
“I jumped through many hoops I was given, many years kept on passing by. But I refuse to be a victim to this vicious government system.”
The woman said she hopes her victory inspires other parents fighting the same battle.
Making her struggle public on Twitter was a new way to drum up support, she said, and show what parents go through.
“I was told I wasn’t a mother, but I am a mother.”
Her posts were popular and followed by a large group of people until child welfare officials told her to stop.
The woman said those officials never threatened to keep her children unless she stopped tweeting but it was suggested.
“Now it’s time for me and my children to continue our healing journey together as one, as we were all victims of a traumatic unfit system,” she said.
Wendy Bowcott, who manages a Facebook group for families with children in care, said using social media this way seems to have worked.
“I’m so happy for Twitter Mom,” she said Friday.
“Now more than ever people should be speaking out.”
Bowcott started the site Foster and Biological Parents of Manitoba Fight Back.
She said caregivers live with high levels of stress as they try to navigate the child welfare system.
A system, she said, that relies on “secrecy” or privacy legislation to “cover up the damage it does.”
Using Facebook and Twitter to share information and support one another is an antidote, she added.
“They seem to do anything they want. Especially to the parents,” Bowcott said.
“She went public and that’s why she got her kids back.”
The mother encouraged other parents to keep fighting.
She said she will continue to be an advocate for families and use her knowledge to help others.
“Never give up your fight to bring your children home,” she said.
“It’s in our best interest.”