Children mistakenly taken from their mother because of drug-test mixup: Tories

Nova Scotia's community services minister has been asked to apologize to a young woman who was apparently left traumatized after two of her children were mistakenly taken away by Child Protective Services for four weeks.

The woman's case was raised in the provincial legislature today by Progressive Conservative critic Barbara Adams, who did not name the woman or her children.

Adams says the two children, an infant and a seven-year-old, were apprehended after police raided the family home in July, acting on a report from the department that the woman had tested positive for illicit drug use.

To ensure the children's welfare, the woman had to submit to random drug testing because she had a previous history of illicit drug use.

Adams told the legislature the Community Services Department later confirmed the positive drug test belonged to someone else, but it took another three weeks for the children to be returned home.

The member for Cole Harbour Eastern Passage asked if Community Services Minister Kelly Regan would apologize to the family for the mix-up.

Regan said she could not speak about individual cases, but she assured Adams that her department would look into the case.