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.

Title Authors Year of Publication
Report
B.C. Adoption and Permanency Options Update

Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Broken Promises: Alex’s Story

Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations (2016-17)

Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How Resourcing Affects Service Delivery

Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Missing Peices: Joshua's story

Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Room for Improvement: Toward Better Education Outcomes for Children in Care

Representative for Children and Youth

Report
A Tragedy in Waiting: How B.C.’s Mental Health System Failed One First Nations Youth

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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B.C. Adoption Update: December 2015

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Children and Youth in Care - Hotel Placements

British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development