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ADOPTION - Considerations - Best interests of child - Child's cultural heritage - Contest between relatives and strangers

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 8:24 AM  

Appeal by the child’s biological mother from an adoption order granted in the respondents’ favour. The child, a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy, was taken into care by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (Ministry) at birth, when cocaine was detected in his blood stream. He remained in the Ministry's care for five months until his maternal grandmother obtained legal custody and guardianship of him. When the child was 14 months old the grandmother left him in the care of the respondents for weekend respite care because...