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 2016

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
7,216 892,265 8.1


§ 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 Year Type
Approach with Caution: Why the Story of One Vulnerable B.C. Youth Can't Be Told

British Columbia 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

British Columbia 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
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update #26

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update #27

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report
B.C. Adoption Update: December 2015

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report
The Placement of Children and Youth in Care in Hotels in British Columbia: A Joint Special Report

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth
British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development

2016 Report
Ten Years of Advocacy: Annual Report 2015/16 and Service Plan 2016/17–2017/18

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report
Too Many Victims Sexualized Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth in Care: An Aggregate Review

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2016 Report

British Columbia - Legislation

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

 

Last Name First Name Organizationsort icon Province/Territory
Lee Laura M. International Institute for Child Rights and Development British Columbia
Charles Grant University of British Columbia British Columbia
Saewyc Elizabeth University of British Columbia British Columbia
Sullivan Richard University of British Columbia British Columbia
Bryson Stephanie University of British Columbia British Columbia
Gillespie Judy University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia
Sookraj Dixon University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia
Wells Susan University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia
Schmidt Glen University of Northern British Columbia British Columbia
Brown Leslie University of Victoria British Columbia
Marcellus Lenora University of Victoria British Columbia
Moosa-Mitha Mehmoona University of Victoria British Columbia
Rutman Deborah University of Victoria British Columbia
Carriere Jeannine University of Victoria British Columbia
De Finney Sandrina University of Victoria British Columbia
Strega Susan University of Victoria British Columbia