Alberta foster death sparks call for bed-sharing review

Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar. FILE

Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar. FILE

, Last Updated: 3:25 PM ET

The province's child and youth advocate is calling on the Alberta government to implement clear rules around bed-sharing for foster parents after the death of a six-week-old girl in 2013.

Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff said Alberta Human Services needs a clear policy directing foster parents not to bed-share with infants after an investigation into the 2013 death of a 45-day-old girl who died of "undetermined causes" while bed-sharing with her foster parents.

The girl, called Baby Dawn in the report in order to protect her identity, was apprehended from her parents at birth due to possible risk of abuse, said Graff. Dawn was placed with a foster family who had over a decade of experience caring for children.

Dawn was in care for 24 days when her foster mother brought her into bed overnight. Dawn was found not breathing in bed at 5:00 a.m. the following morning. She was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.

 

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