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Monitoring Reports
Jan 12, 2016

How are youth doing in British Columbia? What do they think about health, money, bullying, and other issues they face? To follow up our report Growing Up in B.C. 2015, the Representative's Office has released a new infographic that provides a snapshot of children and youth. 

For the full Growing in B.C. 2015 report, please visit http://www.rcybc.ca/guibc2015

Statements
Dec 14, 2015

Dec. 14, 2015
By Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
B.C. Representative for Children and Youth

Today the provincial government released a document, Part 1 of “Decision Time, a Review of Child Policy, Practice and Legislation”, written by Bob Plecas.

I was pleased to see that Mr. Plecas’s document endorses recommendations that my Office has made continually in recent years – including those calling for more funding and adequate staffing for MCFD.

Monitoring Reports
Dec 9, 2015

The Representative's latest B.C. Adoption Update provides key statistics for this fiscal year to date and for the two previous fiscal years.  Numbers released today show improvement in some areas of B.C.'s provincial adoption process, including an increase in the number of approved adoptive homes per month and the number of available Aboriginal adoptive homes.

Statements
Nov 20, 2015

A letter from the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to work with his federal and provincial/territorial colleagues to address the dire situation of Indigenous child welfare in Canada.

Statements
Nov 20, 2015

Canada's National Child Day – marked on Nov. 20 each year – commemorates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC) and gives us the opportunity to step back and take a look at the state of children and youth in our country and to ask whether our laws and policies reflect the intent of the UNCRC.

Statements
Nov 20, 2015

On National Child Day (November 20, 2015), the members of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) repeat their call to the federal government and provincial and territorial governments to come together and address the dire situation of Indigenous child welfare in Canada.

Statements
Nov 18, 2015

VICTORIA – Two announcements today are kick-starting the Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF) to support former youth in care with living expenses while they pursue post-secondary education on a tuition waiver or bursary.

 

Statements
Oct 28, 2015

 

STATEMENT FROM THE REPRESENTATIVE

 

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has released his decision on the matter of the internal MCFD review directed by Robert Plecas. Chief Justice Hinkson found that Mr. Plecas had his status changed by government to that of a statutory reviewer under the CFCS Act on Aug. 10, 2015 when he was appointed a “Director” under the legislation, and as a result, his work is not open to judicial review. 

CID Updates
Oct 19, 2015

The purpose of the Representative for Children and Youth’s (RCY) reviews and investigations of child deaths and critical injuries is to identify and thoughtfully analyze issues - particularly in service delivery. The intent is to help prevent similar deaths or injuries in the future and to inform improvements to services.

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