CID Reviews and Investigations
May 14, 2015

This report documents the downward spiral of a child who had great potential but never received the protection, nurturing and care she needed and deserved. Professional indifference to her life circumstances continually left her – and at times even actively placed her – in harm’s way.

CID Updates
May 6, 2015

The Representative for Children and Youth reviews and investigates child deaths and critical injuries to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues, particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries, and to inform improvements to services. 

Monitoring Reports
Apr 17, 2015

A follow-up to the Representative's report Finding Forever Families: A Review of the Provincial Adoption System, this update provides key statistics for this fiscal year end and the two previous fiscal years.

Editorials and Submissions
Jan 14, 2015

Dawn Thomas-Wightman has been named Acting Deputy Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia, Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond announced this week.

Thomas-Wightman brings nearly 20 years of direct experience in child welfare through her various roles with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) and the Representative’s Office. She takes over from former Deputy John Greschner, who moves into a new position as Executive Lead, External Relations and Strategic Direction at the RCY.

CID Reviews and Investigations
Dec 10, 2014

The British Columbia government should begin providing appropriate care for children and youth who have multiple vulnerabilities – including developmental, psychological and medical needs – Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said today as she released her latest report.

Monitoring Reports
Nov 18, 2014

A follow-up to the Representative's report Finding Forever Families: A Review of the Provincial Adoption Systemthis update provides key statistics for this fiscal year-to-date and the two previous fiscal years. 

Monitoring Reports
Oct 9, 2014

The provincial government must step up its commitment to helping British Columbia’s most vulnerable children and youth by following through on recommendations, Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said today as she released her Office’s latest report Not Fully Invested: A Follow-up Report on the Representative’s Past Recommendations to Help Vulnerable Children in B.C.

Editorials and Submissions
Aug 28, 2014

Our purpose in writing is twofold: we urge you to discuss at the upcoming meeting of the Council of the Federation the national tragedy reflected in the disproportionate number of Aboriginal children taken into government care across Canada; and, we encourage you to attend to this crucial issue by developing specific national solutions. 

CID Reviews and Investigations
Jun 24, 2014

The provincial government must take decisive steps to address the serious risk that parental addiction poses for many British Columbia children, Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said today upon the release of her latest investigative report.

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