Fatal Care

Number 26489
Subject Children
Source Edmonton Journal
State Canada
Year 2013
Publication Date Nov. 25 to Nov. 30, 2013
Summary After a four-year battle with government, the Edmonton Journal won unprecedented access to death records for all of the children who died in provincial care between 1999 and 2013. Reporter Karen Kleiss cross-referenced nearly 2,000 pages of death records with court documents and fatality inquiry reports to build a database that revealed 145 children had died in care, more than triple the number reported by government. Kleiss analyzed the database for trends and, with Calgary Herald reporter Darcy Henton, searched the province for grieving families who had never before told their stories. In the wake of the series, the government pledged to create unprecedented transparency around child welfare deaths, overhaul the child death review system and reconsider a publication ban that prohibits families and media from sharing the names and images of these children with the public.
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