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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
Standards for Staffed Children's Residential Services Provided Under the Child, Family and Community Service Act 1998

Standards for Staffed Children's Residential Services Committee: 

  • Federation of Child and Family Services of British Columbia
  • Child and Youth Care Association of British Columbia
  • Federation of British Columbia Youth In Care Networks
  • British Columbia Federation of Foster Parent Associations
  • Provincial Association of Residential Community Alternatives