FASD & the Justice System

GTR v DAB (1998) 222 AR 84 (PC) (LeGrandeur J)

Director of Child Welfare seeking permanent guardianship of five children, mother opposed, father seeking custody of his two – mother seeking assistance for drinking problem – two children with signs of FASD – foster care gives children more resources – concern about mother providing extra care to the two special needs children – no significant bonding between children and foster family – issue of native cultural heritage – concern that children would be split up in foster care – three older children returned to mother, two youngest (special needs) to father – parents recognize need for children to stay in regular contact