FASD & the Justice System

Director of Child Family and Community Service v. KBW< 2015 BCPC 14 (MacCarthy J.)

Parents seeking prolongation of interim care orders for three children removed at respective dates of birth – desire to care for children with assistance from Director – father with FASD and bipolar disorder – mother with signs of FASD – challenge for parents to maintain stable housing, conflict and violence in relationship – father with less involvement with children – little success with family plan, little improvement in parenting skills over four year period of involvement with Ministry – deficits with either parent should not be determinative of parenting capacity, need to look at all available evidence – mother in need of emotional support and counselling although no significant mental health issues, father did not follow through with counseling and treatments – continuing custody orders granted to Directors