British Columbia - Statistics

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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
Growing Up in B.C.

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

Kids, Crime and Care – Health and Well-Being of Children in Care: Youth Justice Experiences and Outcomes

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

A Review of Child and Youth Mental Health Services in BC

A. Berland Inc.

A Review of Child and Youth Mental Health Services in British Columbia

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
Berland, A.

Amanda, Savannah, Rowen and Serena: From Loss to Learning

Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen

Management of Aboriginal Child Protection Services

Doyle, John

Recognition and Reconciliation Protocol on First Nations Children, Youth and Families

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
First Nations Summit
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
BC Assembly of Fist Nations

Educational Experiences of Children Under a Continuing Custody Order

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Health and well-being of children in care in British Columbia: Educational Experience and Outcomes

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

BC children and youth review: An independent review of BC’s child protection system

Hugues, Ted

BC's Children in Care: Improving Data and Outcomes Reporting

McKinnon, Ian

Health and well-being of children in care in British Columbia: Report 1 on health services utilization and mortality

Child and Youth Officer for British Columbia

Child and Family Development Service Standards

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Children and youth in care in British Columbia: An epidemiological review of mortality

Office of the Provincial Health Officer

Health status of children and youth in care in British Columbia: What do the mortality data show?

Office of the Provincial Health Officer