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Applications being taken for Alberta Child Welfare Class Action Settlement.

Through the Alberta Child Welfare Class Action Settlement, those who were subject to a permanent wardship order or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1966, and Feb. 19, 2008, or a temporary guardianship order between July 1, 1985 and Feb. 19, 2008, are eligible for compensation either through the Victims of Crime financial benefits program or, having missed the time parameters set out by VOC, through a special fund created by the class action. The fund will have $6.5 million fund accessible to those who were under permanent wardship $1 million as compensation for those under temporary guardianship. Average benefit payments, which will be delivered in the areas of injury, witness (those who witnessed a crime that resulted in the death of a loved one), and death (reimburses funeral costs), are expected to run between $15,000 to $30,000. Any money not claimed will be returned to the province as the Alberta Child Welfare Class Action Settlement does not set aside money for mental health supports for those abused while in government care. Nelson Mayer, executive director with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, says providing mental health care for those abused is important. There are no figures available as to how many of those impacted are Aboriginal but considering the high number of Aboriginal children in care presently, it is expected the number will be substantial.

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Title Annotation:Alberta Sweetgrass: Special Section providing news from Alberta
Author:Narine, Shari
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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