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Ministry of Children and Family Development Reporting Portal

British Columbia: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2017

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000*
6,950 895,180 7.7


*The rate per 1000 is calculated using the population of children covered under the age of protection in British Columbia (under 19 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.

Title Authors Year
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

Ten Years of Advocacy: Annual Report 2015/16 and Service Plan 2016/17–2017/18

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

The Placement of Children and Youth in Care in Hotels in British Columbia: A Joint Special Report

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth
British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development

Too Many Victims Sexualized Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth in Care: An Aggregate Review

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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

B.C. Adoption Update: April 2015

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update #23

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Critical Injuries and Deaths: Reviews and Investigations Update #25

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Growing up in B.C. - 2015

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

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

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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

Walkem, Ardith

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

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

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

Barnett, Paul
Howell, Stephen

B.C. Adoption Update: November 2014

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Brief Report on Education: Based on the Link Program Evaluation Study
Hubberstey, Carol
Rutman, Deborah
Hume, Sharon