Saskatchewan

In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Social Services is responsible for providing protection services for children under the age of 16 (and in exceptional cases to youth under 18 years of age) under the mandate of the Child and Family Services Act (1989-90). There are 19 Child Protection offices across the province, within three service areas. Alleged maltreatment is reported directly to the child welfare offices in each of the three service areas that serve children off-reserve. The Adoption Act (1998) and The Emergency Protection for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Act (2002) are other pieces of legislation related to the well-being and protection of children in Saskatchewan (MacLaurin et al., 2011). For more information, please visit the information sheet on Saskatchewan's child welfare services.

Saskatchewan - Statistics

Saskatchewan: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2018

Children in care Child (0-15) population Rate per 1000*
5,227 229,100 22.8

*The rate per 1000 is calculated using the population of children covered under the age of protection in Saskatchewan (under 16 years old). 

§ 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.

Titlesort icon Authors Year Type
Kinship care

Gough, Pamela

2006 Information sheet
Lost in the System: Jake's Story

Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

2014 Report
Ministry of Social Services Annual Report Highlights from 2010-11

Ministry of Social Services

2011 Report
No Time for Mark: The Gap Between Policy and Practice

Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

2015 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
Progress Report 2 on Foster Home Overcrowding in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

2011 Report
Progress Report on Foster Home Overcrowding in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth

2009 Report
Provincial/Territorial Protocol On Children, Youth and Families Moving Between Provinces and Territories

Government of British Columbia
Government of Alberta
Government of Manitoba
Government of Saskatchewan
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Nova Scotia
Government of Prince Edward Island
Government of Northwest Territories
Government of Nunavut
Government of Yukon
Government of Ontario

2016 Report
Response to the Advocate for Children and Youth Two Tragedies Report: August 2014 Status Update

Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

2014 Report
Response to the Advocate for Children and Youth Two Tragedies Report: February 2015 Status Update

Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services

2015 Report
Last Name First Name Organization Province/Territory
Kovach Margaret University of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan
White Judy University of Regina Saskatchewan
McKay Sharon University of Regina Saskatchewan
Sinclair Raven University of Regina Saskatchewan
Montgomery H. Monty University of Regina Saskatchewan