There is a case coming before the BC Supreme Court, to decide whether a program that allows women who are in prison for less than two years, who have kids while in prison, to keep their children. I would hope that the BC government would reinstate the program. Prison time ends, and ideally what we want are people who are able to get back into normal life. It appears that this program accomplished that:
It was of the things I was most proud of,” Tole says of the program. “When these moms got out [of prison] they didn’t come back. They made a life for their kids. I don’t think that would have happened otherwise.”
I do think having children has the capacity to change people and give them hope. I can’t see the benefit of giving up an infant to foster care, if the mother is going to be out in a short amount of time and wants to parent.