policy & legislation

This section contains information on Canadian child welfare legislation and policy. In Canada, child welfare services are provincially and territorially funded and legislated, with the exception of federally funded services to First Nations peoples living on reserves. In accordance with individual agreements negotiated between First Nations communities, provincial/territorial governments, and the federal government, an increasing number of First Nations are delivering child and family services in accordance with provincial and territorial child welfare laws.

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Child and Family Services Act
Child and Youth Advocate Act
Children's Law Act
Adoption Act
Child Protection Act
Social Work Act
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
What Parents Should Know About Child Protection
Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick

Advocate for Children and Youth

Journal article
In Whose Best Interest? A Canadian Case Study of the Impact of Child Welfare Policies in Cases of Domestic Violence

Alaggia, Ramona
Jenney, Angelique
Mazzuca, Josephine
Redmond, Melissa