B.C. foster parents are fighting to keep the Metis toddler they raised since birth

In the end, while the foster parents’ wishes are considered, the final call is made by an MCFD director, it said.

“Under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, a delegated director is responsible for planning and placement decisions for children and youth in care, all of which are subject to approval by the courts.”

“While the ministry often seeks the views of foster parents, the director is legally responsible for making placement decisions that are in the best interest of the child or youth.”

Métis advocates back foster parents

The B.C. Métis Federation is backing the foster parents in the fight, after reviewing the case.

“This is outrageous,” said president Keith Henry.

“Removing of this young infant from a Métis family is absolutely absurd. You have a strong Métis family there willing to bring this child into a culturally-aware family and into her own community.”

“The thought of removing this child to a non- Métis family provinces away is completely ridiculous…. The heart of this case is that the MCFD believes they know what is right for the Métis people,” he added.

The case is being heard in B.C. Supreme Court until Wednesday, when a decision is expected.

“This is wrong,” said Keith Henry, president of the B.C. Métis Federation. (CBC)

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