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
Not Fully Invested - A Follow-up Report on the Representative’s Past Recommendations to Help Vulnerable Children in B.C.

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Report
On Their Own: Examining the Needs of B.C. Youth as They Leave Government Care

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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

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

Journal article
The role of child protection in cannabis grow-operations

Douglas, Janet
Sullivan, Richard

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

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Journal article
Child protection decision making: A factorial analysis using case vignettes

Stokes, Jaqueline
Schmidt, Glen

Information Sheet
First Nations Child Welfare in British Columbia

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

Report
British Columbia Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect - 2008 (BCIS-2008)

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Sinha, Vandna
Douglas, Janet
Barker, Alison
Horvath, Scott
Hamilton, Laura
Gail, Jordan
Kitt, Olivia
Zelt, Carolyn
Fast, Elizabeth
Thomas-Prokop, Shelley
Hutcheon, Emily
Budgell, Danielle
Daoust, Gabrielle

Report
Fragile Lives, Fragmented Systems: Strengthening Supports for Vulnerable Infants

Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen