The birth of a child is usually a time for celebration.
But it doesn’t always end happily — when the baby is taken away by the state because the mother has an addiction.
As Darryn Davis reports, a team of local doctors, social workers and psycho-therapists is trying to help keep mother and child together.
Dr. Adam Newman says one of the biggest barriers preventing new mothers getting help to deal with addiction is the risk of losing their child.
“Seeing it even once is quite heartbreaking, to see a baby delivered and then within an hour child and family services have to come in and perform the unpleasant task of telling a woman she has to surrender her baby. ”
Thanks to a 25 thousand dollar grant two years ago , Newman and a small team have run a pilot project providing support and helping two women connect with the services they need.
Allowing the mothers to stay with their children.
Laura Conboy has acted as a case worker for the women in the program and says being able to expand the program with a house should improve outcomes and the number of women they can help.
“It’s very encouraging to see everybody coming together as a community and the steps that the board is making in terms of having this house come to fruition it’s very exciting.”
They’ve now started a go fund me account to raise thirty thousand dollars to take the program to the next level.
“The go fund me campaign is an opportunity to get some money to actually hire someone to be an employee so that they’re their job is to get this moving.”
“Doctor Newman says the house of recovery could be as much as 5 to 10 years away, but some preliminary discussions have already taken place with the sisters of providence to locate the home here on their property on princess street.”
If the house is located there it would be part of the sisters goal of setting up a village of social services.
“Loving Spoonful a few other groups that are working to better the community would all be together on a street that would be a perfect place for a house to be situated.”
If the Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children becomes a reality it will be the only one of it’s kind in the province.
Darryn Davis CKWS News Kingston.