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

 
Ministry of Children and Family Development Reporting Portal

British Columbia: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2017

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
6,950 895,180 7.7


§ 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
When Talk Trumped Service: A Decade of Lost Opportunity for Aboriginal Children and Youth in B.C.

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2013 Report
Out of Sight: How One Aboriginal Child’s Best Interests Were Lost Between Two Provinces

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2013 Report
Review of Family Care Models, Wilderness Challenge, and Community Group Homes

Brodersen, Etta
Urquhart, Taryn
Pankatz, Courtney
Viljoen, Jodi

2013 Report
First Nations Child Welfare in British Columbia

Kozlowski, Anna
Sinha, Vandna
Hoey, Shawn
Lucas, Linda

2012 Information sheet
Fragile Lives, Fragmented Systems: Strengthening Supports for Vulnerable Infants

Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen

2011 Report
Ministry of Children and Family Development 2010-11 Annual Service Plan Report

Ministry of Child and Family Development

2011 Report
Growing Up in B.C.

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

2010 Report
Kids, Crime and Care – Health and Well-Being of Children in Care: Youth Justice Experiences and Outcomes

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

2009 Report
Amanda, Savannah, Rowen and Serena: From Loss to Learning

Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen

2008 Report
Recognition and Reconciliation Protocol on First Nations Children, Youth and Families

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
First Nations Summit
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
BC Assembly of Fist Nations

2008 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
Lee Laura M. International Institute for Child Rights and Development 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