When a child receiving services dies
As Albertans, we all share a responsibility to support the safety and well-being of children. Children most often come into care or receive intervention services from the province when parents are unable or unwilling to ensure the well-being of their children.
For many families, early intervention services are all they need to help them parent, manage their child’s behaviour or create a more stable home environment.
Albertans have a right to know when a child or youth dies while in care. When a tragic event occurs, this site will serve as the public source of information regarding the death. These details align with the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and confidentiality requirements as outlined in Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Timing the release of information must, for compassionate reasons, take into consideration notification of the family and any required third party confirmations. In addition, before data can be posted relating to a death, appropriate authorities must have the time they need to understand what happened and in some cases conduct their investigative work including the medical examiner, and in some cases police or RCMP and the Child Advocate’s office.
When any child or youth tragically pass away, their death profoundly impacts many people – families, caregivers, friends, those who worked with the children and extended help to their families in crisis – who require support as they manage through grief to cope with the loss and bury their loved one.
Alberta Human Services acknowledges that the staff and individuals who work to help these children and their families and support them during mourning are profoundly impacted when these tragedies occur and supports and counselling services are available to them as needed.
1The following children and youth who were receiving services recently passed away:
- July 8, 2016 – A 6-month-old male receiving services (not in care)
- July 4, 2016 – A newborn male receiving services (not in care)
1The list will be adjusted on a monthly basis. After that, information related to the deaths of children in care and receiving intervention services is available in the quarterly statistics.