By Jen Gerson, Calgary Herald
After a nearly two-year separation, a 12-year-old boy seized by American authorities and put into foster care there spent his first full day back in Calgary with his family at a farmers' market, his mom said.
The boy, who spent more than 20 months shuffling between several foster homes in Oregon, returned home to Calgary on Friday afternoon.
He cannot be identified now that he has returned to Canada.
"I am very, very happy but extremely exhausted. It feels like I've been in labour for two years," the boy's mother said Saturday.
Dawn Walton, Globe and Mail
For nearly two years, 12-year-old Noah Kirkman has been shuffled through Oregon foster homes as his family in Calgary fights through the U.S. court system to bring the youngster back to Canada.
Now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been asked to intervene in the bizarre international custody case, and federal Liberals are slamming Ottawa for not doing enough to protect the young Canadian citizen.
“I’m hoping that the Canadian government will step in at this point and just say, ‘Give us this child back. He’s Canadian and we can handle it thank you very much,’ ” said Lisa Kirkman, Noah’s mother.