I was able to prevent my husband from taking my children to Iran but government policies added additional risk for the system to allow my husband, a Transnational Spouse, to take my children to Iran. When I appealed to the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development for counselling for my son to deal with all the loss and trauma we had incurred over the years the MCFD removed my children from my care and attempted to contact my husband to notify him of their actions. I was mortified. Click on the links below to learn more or read excerpts below.
Parents to be notified of child’s removal
Case and Risk Assessment
September 1, 2015
Once referred for family maintenance services, clients can expect the ministry legal representative to review the family maintenance criteria and inquire about the applicant’s family status and whether the applicant has any safety concerns before making contact with the respondent to pursue maintenance. Safety concerns are identified as behaviours that may lead to harm or that cause or have caused harm to one or more of the parties.
Family maintenance service includes a safety assessment. When no safety concerns are evident the ministry legal representative proceeds with appropriate maintenance action.
When the ministry legal representative does not want to proceed due to high risk, family maintenance services are discontinued and the assignment is terminated.