N.B., Re, (2015) 477 Sask.R. 220 (FD)

Judge:Megaw, J.
Court:Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan
Case Date:June 17, 2015
Jurisdiction:Saskatchewan
Citations:(2015), 477 Sask.R. 220 (FD);2015 SKQB 171
 
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N.B., Re (2015), 477 Sask.R. 220 (FD)

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Temp. Cite: [2015] Sask.R. TBEd. JL.025

In the Matter of a Hearing under the Child and Family Services Act,

and

In the Matter of N.B. and M.B.

(2009 FSM No. 9; 2015 SKQB 171)

Indexed As: N.B. et al., Re

Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench

Family Law Division

Judicial Centre of Regina

Megaw, J.

June 17, 2015.

Summary:

The Ministry of Social Services sought an order making two children permanent wards of the Ministry. The children's mother sought more time to prove that she was capable of parenting the children and that she had or would solve the Ministry's current child protection concerns.

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division, ordered that the children be committed to the Ministry pursuant to a temporary order for six months.

Editor's Note: Certain names in the following case have been initialized or the case otherwise edited to prevent the disclosure of identities where required by law, publication ban, Maritime Law Book's editorial policy or otherwise.

Guardian and Ward - Topic 815

Public trustee or guardian - Appointment - Child or adult in need of protection - Considerations (incl. best interests of child) - [See Guardian and Ward - Topic 817 ].

Guardian and Ward - Topic 817

Public trustee or guardian - Appointment - Child or adult in need of protection - Temporary appointment - The Ministry of Social Services apprehended a baby (NB) in January 2009 because of domestic violence between the parents and substance abuse by both parents - The mother gave birth to MB in 2011 - NB was returned to the mother's care in May 2012 - In January 2014, NB and MB were apprehended after the parents were arrested for drug trafficking - The Ministry sought an order making NB and MB permanent wards due to the parents' ongoing drug abuse, domestic violence, and unstable housing - The parents sought an order which would allow them to potentially resume parenting of the children - The mother had been "more or less" clean and sober for a number of months, was currently separated from the father, and had found housing - The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division, ordered that the children be committed to the Ministry pursuant to a temporary order for six months - The mother had been working on all three of the Ministry's protection concerns, but had not yet taken programming for addiction or domestic violence or turned the corner on those issues - Her housing was of fairly recent origin - However, the court was struck by the positive evidence of her visits with the children - She had shown promise and had a true bond and connection with the children - Although it was easier for children to be adopted before the age of seven, it was in the best interests of NB and MB to attempt a reunification with the mother.

Counsel:

Charys N. Payne, for the Ministry;

Lynda Bordessa, for the mother C.L.;

R.B., self-represented.

This matter was heard before Megaw, J., of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division, Judicial Centre of Regina, who delivered the following judgment on June 17, 2015.

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