Just a few short years ago Teagan’s baby brother Jack was sleeping and as usual, his big sister Teagan gently rubbing his arm – it was so amazing when she was living with us in Ottawa. It was the best time of our lives for everyone in the family including sweet Teagie. Now she is dead and we wonder each day what could have been different? and how could we have prevented it? and why did our system have her in the hands of the person who would then kill her?
She was safe, happy, in school, on a soccer team and carefree; yet less than 2 years later she was lifeless in the trunk of her biological mother’s car. Sadly a broken system including Madam Justice Wedge of the BC Supreme Court ended that situation with a callous attitude, broken procedures, faulty assumptions, poor coordination and a healthy mix of professional indifference.
A starting point is a focus on two simple values upon which I would hope we can all agree…
1. Responsibility – we all have a responsibility to provide children with a safe home and support children who are at risk.
2. Accountability – governments, professionals and criminals in the system must be held accountable for their actions.
We have to do better and now is the time.