The Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system.
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Bernard Richard is B.C.'s new Acting Representative for Children and Youth. He was appointed effective Nov. 27, 2016.
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Any information gathered about you is confidential. While most of the Rep’s advocacy services are done over the phone, advocates can also come and meet you in person.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been the Rep since the Office first opened in 2007. She works to make sure that the rights and opinions of young adults with developmental disabilities in B.C. are valued first and foremost in decisions that impact them.
Contact us to learn more about youth agreements and how they work. We can help you figure out why you were not eligible and can help you talk to the people who made the decision so they know how you feel.
You can have a family member, friend, support worker or someone else you trust with you when you call the Rep. Otherwise, you can have that person call the Rep for you. For the fastest result, it is best to either call by yourself or have someone with you when you call. That way you will be connected with an advocate within one business day. Callers requesting advocacy services for you will be responded to within three business days.