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Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving the death of a 10-month old baby

“The circumstance in which Lily lost her life was tragic. This review is not about blame, it is about learning and making improvements so that other children and families may benefit from this tragedy. This Investigative Review is an opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of investing in the supports to families that help protect children.”

– Del Graff, Provincial Child and Youth Advocate. 

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has completed an Investigative Review regarding the death of a baby and is publicly releasing the results of the review as outlined under the Child and Youth Advocate Act.

Ten-month-old “Lily” passed away after drowning in a container of homemade alcohol in her family home. Her family was receiving Child Intervention Services when she passed away.

“This review identified the imminent and ongoing impact parental addictions have on children’s safety,” said Graff. “It is my sincere hope that the Government of Alberta will implement these recommendations and improve services for Alberta’s children and youth.”

A copy of the Investigative Review and recommendations are available on our website:

http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/adult/publications/investigative-review/.

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is an independent office of the Legislature, representing the rights, interests and viewpoints of children and young people receiving designated government services.

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