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
A Report and Next Steps for Action from A Forum for Change: Reconciliation for Today’s First Nations, Métis & Aboriginal Children Through Custom Adoption and Lifelong Family and Tribal Connections

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
B.C. Adoption Update: April 2015

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update #23

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update #25

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Growing up in B.C. - 2015

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

Report
Paige’s Story: Abuse, Indifference and A Young Life Discarded

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Wrapping our Ways Around Them: Aboriginal Communities and the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA) Guidebook

Walkem, Ardith

Report
2013/14 Annual Report and 2014/15–2015/16 Service Plan

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
Advancing Best Practice: A Review of Full Time Attendance Programs for Youth in British Columbia

Barnett, Paul
Howell, Stephen

Report
B.C. Adoption Update: November 2014

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth