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Family law: Social worker claims province trying to drive her out

A social worker says the provincial child welfare system wants to get rid of her for going to bat for parents. The Alberta woman -- who has spoken up regarding some issues surrounding family law -- says she is being penalized for defending parents against what she alleges are discriminatory, abusive and deceptive practices within the provincial child welfare system. The woman is often paid through Legal Aid which, she says, has drastically reduced her payment and payment structure.

She says she believes it was no accident that her pay was reduced right after her involvement in a case regarding an apprehended infant where she disagreed with the actions of Children's Services. Legal Aid and Children's Services say that is not the case. In fact, the social worker actually spent 10 years working for Children's Services and left to become an advocate for parents after citing many flaws in the system.  

She said she has often seen parents' rights pushed aside in what she termed an absolute misuse of power. In some instances, parents lose their children even before they have been found guilty of any harm and adds that many parents don't realize they have the right to have decisions reviewed. The social worker is seeking legal advice and says she is prepared to launch a suit against the provincial government. 

There are many issues tied up with family law in Alberta. Anyone who has any questions regarding those laws and the impact they can have in one's life, would do well to speak with a lawyer experienced with those laws. A lawyer should be involved before making a decision to launch any lawsuit regarding family laws. 

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