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 Yearsort icon Type
Standards for Staffed Children's Residential Services Provided Under the Child, Family and Community Service Act 1998

Standards for Staffed Children's Residential Services Committee: 

  • Federation of Child and Family Services of British Columbia
  • Child and Youth Care Association of British Columbia
  • Federation of British Columbia Youth In Care Networks
  • British Columbia Federation of Foster Parent Associations
  • Provincial Association of Residential Community Alternatives
1998 Report
Supporting young people's transition from government care research project

Rutman, Deborah
Barlow, April
Hubberstey, Carol
Alusik, Daniela
Brown, Erinn

2001 Report
Health status of children and youth in care in British Columbia: What do the mortality data show?

Office of the Provincial Health Officer

2001 Report
Children and youth in care in British Columbia: An epidemiological review of mortality

Office of the Provincial Health Officer

2001 Report
Child and Family Development Service Standards

Ministry of Children and Family Development

2003 Report
Kinship care

Gough, Pamela

2006 Information sheet
Health and well-being of children in care in British Columbia: Report 1 on health services utilization and mortality

Child and Youth Officer for British Columbia

2006 Report
BC children and youth review: An independent review of BC’s child protection system

Hugues, Ted

2006 Report
BC's Children in Care: Improving Data and Outcomes Reporting

McKinnon, Ian

2006 Report
British Columbia's child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet

British Columbia - Legislation

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

 

Last Name First Name Organization Province/Territory
Brown Leslie University of Victoria British Columbia
Charles Grant University of British Columbia 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
Schmidt Glen University of Northern British Columbia British Columbia
Sookraj Dixon University of British Columbia – Okanagan British Columbia
Carriere Jeannine University of Victoria British Columbia
De Finney Sandrina University of Victoria British Columbia
Strega Susan University of Victoria British Columbia
Wells Susan University of British Columbia – Okanagan 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
Lee Laura M. International Institute for Child Rights and Development British Columbia