By Moira Wyton Local Journalism Initiative Reporter An Indigenous mother whose two eldest children were removed from her custody after a case worker examined her medical records is once again challenging a provision of B.C.’s child welfare legislation she says discriminates against parents with mental health challenges and violated her right to privacy. According to court documents, the records retrieved by a social worker showed the mother, referred to as T.L., had a history of schizophrenia she manages with medication, as well as substance use and trauma stemming from childhood sexual abuse. T.L. appealed her case to the B.C. Court of Appeal last week, and an intervening legal advocacy organization says the outcome could permanently alter the child welfare system that disproportionately polices Indigenous and disabled women.
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