A baby girl was abandoned in a Quebec hospital, but before leaving her little girl, the mother named her baby Paula and left contact information for kin in Australia, so the local child protection agency was called in.
The Australian child protection agency contacted the maternal grandmother and maternal aunt who said they would like to jointly raise the child.
Even though the aunt was an independent adult, she moved in with her mother (the baby’s grandmother) so they could create a home for the child.
Once the Australian agency had evaluated the home the aunt and grandmother came to Québec to bond with the baby and learn her daily routine. The baby and her new family returned to Australia where they receive support from local authorities.
A child welfare agency in British Columbia (B.C.) asked ISS Canada to arrange for a mother in Jamaica to be interviewed with regard to the present circumstances of her 13-year-old daughter who was in the their care following disclosure of physical and sexual abuse.
ISS Canada then arranged for the ISS Correspondent in Jamaica to contact the mother who immediately insisted on being involved in the planning for her child.
Over the following six months, ISS Canada provided the Jamaican correspondent with current reports and court documents from the child protection agency to keep the mother informed about her daughter’s situation. At the request of the BC agency, the Jamaican correspondent provided a home assessment on the mother which indicated that she was a suitable parent. After giving testimony at the trial of her father, plans were made for the child to return to the care of her mother in Jamaica.
Follow-up services were requested by ISS Canada to support the placement and to involve a therapist in Jamaica to help the child deal with the abuse.
A mother for always…
Martha, a mother of 4 children called our agency several years ago saying that she was anxious and looking for her 2 twin sons.
Martha had fled Gabon with her four children, two girls and twin two sons. During their perilous voyage, she was separated from the twins. Her journey eventually brought her to Russia where she resided for two years. Martha was now settled in Canada but was sad and depressed, reporting that she did not know where her sons were, or even if they were still alive. Now, she needed to find out what had happened to her sons. At the time of their escape from Gabon the boys, Marti and Carl were 17 years old.
While Martha and her two girls where living in Russia, a man, who was from their hometown in Gabon, said that he had seen one of the boys while he was visiting the Netherlands. At the time, he was not aware she was looking for my them.
ISS Canada sent all the information to their colleagues in the Netherlands. They quickly found the twins as they were registered as refugees. Local social services were able to make the first initial contact. The twins, who could not believe that their mother was alive, wanted contact with her and their sisters, but they were weary. They worked with the local social worker asking for pictures to prove her identity.
After exchanging letters ISS Canada contacted Martha to confirm they were her sons. After a few days, Martha spoke with the twins a day she qualified as “the happiest of her life”.
Having found the boys, Martha was able to continue the immigration process for her sons. And after some time, they joined her in Canada.
After a long difficult journey, requesting and obtaining asylum in Canada and 5 years spent looking or her sons the family was finally reunited.
This is her message of appreciation. ''For the rest of my life, I will never forget with what ISS Canada did for me and my family. You will be in our prayers as we are eternally grateful!''