Posts Tagged: International Parent Advocacy Movement

This series highlights resources from the “Toolkit for Transformation” developed by IPAN and Rise to support advocacy by parents harmed by child welfare systems worldwide.

‘We Help Parents No Longer Be Afraid’

Mary Burton never thought she’d help to start an organization. Burton was separated from her parents and siblings when she was placed in foster care as a child, as part of the child welfare system’s 1960s scoop, which, along with other policies over more than a century, routinely separated Indigenous children in Canada from their families. After she successfully fought the child welfare system for custody of her own children and grandchildren, she spent the next 20 years helping friends and families from her living room do the same.