Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) is responsible for providing protection services for children under the age of 16 years as well as voluntary residential and supportive services for youth aged 16 – 18 years in need of protection under the mandate of the Children and Youth Care and Protection Act (2011).  Service provision to children and youth in need of protection is also guided by the Protection and In Care Policy and Procedure Manual (Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, 2011). The Adoption Act (2013) and the Adoptions Policy and Procedures Manual (2014) guide adoption practices for children in the province. CYFS is comprised of four regions across the province, with 56 regional service delivery offices located throughout the regions. For more information, please see the information sheet on Newfoundland and Labrador's child welfare system.

Newfoundland and Labrador - Statistics

Newfoundland and Labrador: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2019^

Children in care Child (0-15) population Rate per 1000*
985 76,450 12.88

^Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. (2019). Seniors and Social Development Department of Children, Program Statistics - Child Protection and In-Care.

*The rate per 1000 is calculated using the population of children covered under the age of protection in Newfoundland and Labrador (under 16 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.