In December 2015, the Government of Ontario released a report which found that the hair strand testing conducted by the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at Toronto’s Hospital for SickKids to be inadequate and unreliable for use in child protection and criminal proceedings. These findings have implications for First Nation community members and families who may have had required to have their hair-tested for child protection and criminal proceedings.
As a result of flawed test results, many First Nation children may have needlessly been placed into protection services and/or adopted out of First Nation communities.
In response to a report by the Honourable Susan Lang in December 2015, the government of Ontario to established the Motherisk Commission on January 15, 2016, under Section 3 of the Public Inquiries Act.
The Commission’s two-year mandate is to offer appropriate support and assistance to persons affected by the Motherisk test results. The Commission has established a Review and Resource Centre which will offer information, counseling, legal advice, alternative dispute resolution and other support to individuals involved in child protection matters that may have been impacted by the flawed Motherisk test between 1990 and 2015.
Are you someone who may have been affected by a Motherisk hair test? Phone: 1-844-303-5476