Almost any parent who has experience with the Children's Aid Society (CAS) will know that vulnerable parents who have troublesome or aggressive/violent partners often end up having their children apprehended by CAS workers rather than taking both the mother and the child into protective custody together.
Quite often a parent is a good parent, they just have to be protected from the dangerous one. Instead, the vulnerable parent and the children are further abused by the CAS workers from being taken away from their homes and often, separated from their own siblings and family members.
This then deteriorates the potentially positive working relationship between the CAS workers who are trying to "protect" the children and the good parent because the parent ends up fighting against the agency just to have visits with their own children, resulting in being labelled as "uncooperative". A serious label which can end up in a complete termination of access to their own children.
It was stated that the mother was not abusive to her children and a neighbour even thought she was a good mother. I would like to ask all teachers who may have known Ms. Chartier to come to the defense of this mother when they read more about her case. Attend her court cases if you can and support her. Obviously she is in need of some support.
Community supports are often a determinant in deciding if a child can remain with their parent.
MAY 29 2005
MARIE EMILIE CHARTIER
If anyone knows Marie Emilie Chartier, and if they know she would like to have her whole story, the truth, told to the public by someone who believes her please tell her to contact us here at The Foster Care Council of Canada. We can be reached by phone from 10am until 8pm at 613-228-2178 or by email at 613-228-2178.
We have been following the story and believe that this mother is not a criminal and that she did what she did for the best interests of her children.. we just want to be able to get the whole story from her so the public will truely understand.
This is the information from the police web site which makes her appear to be criminal. We are not sure of all the details yet until we hear from her, we can only assume that she acted in her children's best interests since everyone involved says she is not a child abuser. Including the police.
There was mention of there being a false allegation against her which we would like to clarify to the public what really happened in this case.
Ottawa Police Service
For Immediate Release: 15/05/2005
Update: Mother Arrested Charges Laid
Ottawa Police have arrested Marie Emilie CHARTIER. She
has been charged with abduction and breach of probation.
She was taken to Show Cause. She was held in custody and
<>will attend a Bail Hearing later this week. The children involved in this investigation are safely at <>home.
For further information contact Det. Gina Rosa ext 5282 or
5407 - Partner Assault
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday March 21, 2005 at 18:21 hours
Police have confirmed that Ms. CHARTIER, along with her
four children boarded a flight out of Dorval Airport,
Montreal, on March 15th, 2005 with a final destination of
Stockholm. Police, working in conjunction with their
partners will be continuing their efforts in ensuring the
safety of these children. Thank you for all your
Mother possibly in Montreal area
(Ottawa) - Police are investigating the possibility of
Ms.CHARTIER making attempts to leave the country out of
Trudeau ( Dorval ) Airport in Montreal. Ottawa Police have
been able to trace her movements to the Airport, however
have not been able to confirm whether or not she boarded a
flight. It is believed she may possibly be in the
Montreal area. The investigation is continuing.
Police investigate Abduction
(Ottawa) - Ottawa Police are currently looking for four
children and their mother whom they believe is responsible
for their abduction. Ms.Marie-Emilie CHARTIER had her
children taken away in 2004 under a court order and they
were subsequently under the care of the Children’s Aid
Society. Since that time, the four children were placed in
the care of their grandmother. On March 15th, 2005
Ms.CHARTIER took the four kids and advised the grandmother
she was going to spend the night at a friend’s residence.
Neither she nor the children have been heard from since
that time. Investigators are in the process obtaining a
warrant for her arrest.
Mr.CHARTIER is described as a black female, 35 yrs, 4’11”,
130 lbs, medium build with brown eyes and black hair.
1# Anael CHARTIER - black female, 6 years old, medium build
with long black hair and brown eyes.
2# Mariel Charlotte CHARTIER - black female, 5 yrs old,
long black hair and brown eyes.
3# Michael CHARTIER - black male, 8 years old, thin build,
short black hair and brown eyes.
4# Marie Alexandre CHARTIER - black female, 12 years old,
thin build, short black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det.Gina Rosa
of the Ottawa Police at 236-1222, extension 5407.