My foster children were victims of violence.
Today, Aboriginal children represent the majority of children in foster care. Children should be able to grow in safe and nurturing homes. We have, in partnership with Charles mother and brothers, become a supportive family unit and our grandchildren are growing up in safe and loving families.
My decision to advocate for violence prevention is a direct result of the experiences of my children and my work in public health.
Social inequities harm us all. We need to build safe and supportive communities where families and children can thrive, fulfilling their potential and giving them the best chance possible for a healthy future.
Shannon Turner, BA, BSc, MSc, Doctoral Fellow; National Co-Chair, Prevention of Violence Canada.