Government to review how it investigates, reports, foster child deaths

Alberta’s human services minister says a public review of the foster care system will include how the deaths of foster children are investigated and reported.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s human services minister says a public review of the foster care system will include how the deaths of foster children are investigated and reported.

Dave Hancock says everyone in the system wants to make sure they’re doing everything they can to keep kids safe.

Hancock has promised a roundtable conference of opposition members and stakeholders to explore issues raised in stories in the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald this week.

The newspapers said a lengthy investigation of records revealed the province has failed to publicly report the deaths of 89 foster children in the last 14 years.

The report also found that rule changes and oversight problems have led to some of those deaths being wrongly attributed to natural causes.

The opposition members say that only a full public inquiry will get to the bottom of what went wrong.