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Nova Whetren is a single mother in Prince George fighting for the right to raise her own child.

Recently social workers raised concerns about her abilities as a parent...as have many single mothers in their twenties.. but the worker told Nova that she was a "whore" and that her daughter "has been or is likely to be physically harmed, sexually abused or sexually exploited by another person and the parent is unwilling or unable to protect the child" "the child has been or is likely to be harmed because of neglect of the child's parent" and "the child is emotionally harmed by the parent's conduct."

This is despite the fact that Nova is a fit parent who attends to her daughters mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, and ALWAYS has her daughter attended to by a babysitter whenever she is at work.

These allegations have no basis, other than the line of work that Nova is in. She is a wondeful mother and Arieja is a happy, healthy child.

One day Nova was just not allowed to pick up her child from school without any warning or home visits from the social worker that was concerned about her fitness as a mother. Since then, MCFD has not given Nova any instructions or advice on what she should do if she wants her child back.

What is happening here is discrimination against young, single mothers who work in, or in relation to, the sex trade. These women, including Nova, are judged on their lifestyle and line of work, NOT on their parental abilities. the mere possibility of abuse, based on completely unfounded grounds, is not enough reason to take a child out of a loving home when so many other parents out there are really neglectful and abusive, but unscrutinized because they are not young, female, or in the sex trade.

We ask that Nova Whetren's case be reviewed immediately by someone in the Ministry of Children and Family Development other than the social worker who dealt with Nova previous, and that this social worker's conduct undergo review or investigation.

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  • 16 November 2013129. Jory D
    the absolute worst thing for areija at this point, is to be sepparated from nova, she is a fantastic parent! nova has always provided everything areija requires for a happy and healthy childhood! as well, nova has always kept her career completely separat
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  • 10 October 2013127. Tyler H
    people have no right to take away children without knowing the full story. i was in an abusive home as a kid and it took me doing something drastic to my parents to get out. child welfare would not listen to me. then to abusive foster homes and grouphomes
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Angelita BlanchardBy:
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