Newfoundland & Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) is responsible for providing protection services for children under the age of 16 years as well as voluntary residential and supportive services for youth aged 16 – 18 years in need of protection under the mandate of the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act (2011).  Service provision to children and youth in need of protection is also guided by the Protection and In Care Policy and Procedure Manual (Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, 2011). The Adoption Act (2013) and the Adoptions Policy and Procedures Manual (2014) guide adoption practices for children in the province. CYFS is comprised of four regions across the province, with 56 regional service delivery offices located throughout the regions. For more information, please see the information sheet on Newfoundland and Labrador's child welfare system.

Newfoundland and Labrador - Statistics

Newfoundland and Labrador: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2007

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
768 102,857 7.5


§ 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
Children and Youth Care and Protection Act

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

2010 Report
Strategic Plan 2010-2014

Department of Child, Youth and Family Services

2010 Report
Legislative Review of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, S.N.L. 1998, c. C-12.1, as amended - Consultations discussion guide
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
2009 Report
Newfoundland and Labrador CYFS Clinical Services Review: Final Report

Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
Abell, Susan
Moshenko, Sandy
van Leeuwen, Judy

2008 Report
Children in Care in Newfoundland and Labrador

Fowler, Ken

2008 Report
Newfoundland and Labrador’s child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2007 Information sheet
Turner Review and Investigation - Volume 1

Markesteyn, Peter
Day, David

2006 Report
Turner Review and Investigation - Volume 2

Markesteyn, Peter
Day, David

2006 Report
Newfoundland and Labrador Adoption Act

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

1999 Report
Last Namesort icon First Name Organization Province/Territory
Barter Ken Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador
Devine Michael C. Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador
Ellenbogen Stephen Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland and Labrador