British Columbia

In British Columbia, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) provides child welfare services under the mandate of the Child, Family and Community Service Act (1996). Child protection services in British Columbia are provided through 429 ministry offices in five regions and 22 delegated Aboriginal agencies (MCFD, 2011). The Adoption Act (1996), Infants Act (1996), and the Representative for Children and Youth Act (2006), are other legal acts that relate to the well-being and protection of children in British Columbia. There are 22 Aboriginal child welfare agencies that provide child welfare services and an additional eight agencies that are in start up or planning stages. Of the total 30 Aboriginal child welfare agencies, 23 are First Nations agencies, four are Métis agencies, and three are urban Aboriginal agencies. The Federal government is responsibility for funding services to First Nations children and families living on-reserve. For more information, see the information sheet British Columbia's child welfare system.

British Columbia - Statistics

External Statistics Links

 
Open Protection Report Statistics
Case Review Summary Reports
Ministry of Children and Family Development Performance Management Report
Children involved with the Ministry of Children and Family Development: Fatality Statistics
Coroners Services Statistics

British Columbia: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2007

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
9,271 915,168 10.1


§ Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities, making it difficult to compile statistics at the national level. The most notable variations between provinces include mandate variation by jurisdiction with respect to the age to which children are eligible for services, differences in the length of time a child can receive out-of-home care and the definition of out-of-home care.

Title Authors Yearsort icon Type
Approach with Caution: Why the Story of One Vulnerable B.C. Youth Can't Be Told

Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report
Fostering Success: Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in/from Care Rutman, Deborah

Hubberstey, Carol

2016 Report
A Tragedy in Waiting: How B.C.’s Mental Health System Failed One First Nations Youth

Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report
Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification - From Root Causes to Root Solutions: A Report on Indigenous Child Welfare in British Columbia

Grand Chief Ed John

2016 Report
Wrapping our Ways Around Them: Aboriginal Communities and the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA) Guidebook

Walkem, Ardith

2015 Report
Growing up in B.C. - 2015

Representative for Children and Youth
British Columbia Office of the Provincial Health Officer

2015 Report
Lost in the Shadows: How a Lack of Help Meant a Loss of Hope for One First Nations Girl

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2014 Report
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update # 20

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2014 Report
On Their Own: Examining the Needs of B.C. Youth as They Leave Government Care

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2014 Report
Brief Report on Education: Based on the Link Program Evaluation Study
Hubberstey, Carol
Rutman, Deborah
Hume, Sharon
2014 Report

British Columbia - Legislation

British Columbia legislation
Child, Family and Community Service Act
Adoption Act

 

Last Namesort icon First Name Organization Province/Territory
Brown Leslie University of Victoria British Columbia
Bryson Stephanie University of British Columbia British Columbia
Carriere Jeannine University of Victoria British Columbia
Charles Grant University of British Columbia British Columbia
De Finney Sandrina University of Victoria British Columbia
Gillespie Judy University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia
Marcellus Lenora University of Victoria British Columbia
Moosa-Mitha Mehmoona University of Victoria British Columbia
Rutman Deborah University of Victoria British Columbia
Saewyc Elizabeth University of British Columbia British Columbia
Schmidt Glen University of Northern British Columbia British Columbia
Sookraj Dixon University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia
Strega Susan University of Victoria British Columbia
Sullivan Richard University of British Columbia British Columbia
Wells Susan University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia