Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is calling on British Columbia’s Attorney General to intervene in the adoption case of a three-year-old Métis child known as “S.S.” to ensure that the girl’s cultural rights are properly considered in her placement.
British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth strongly supports a report issued today by Fostering Change, calling on the B.C. government to ensure that a basic package of support is
put in place to help youth as they transition out of provincial care.
Today’s announcement that the provincial government has provided one-time funding to the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division to support the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids program is a positive step.
I want to take this time to offer my thanks to the many local advocates, working on behalf of those without housing and those living in poverty, who have been of great service to the people inhabiting “Tent City” in Victoria during the past several months.
I am extremely proud of the Premier for acknowledging in public her own experiences in today’s Vancouver Sun op-ed. This is difficult and personal and she has found her voice now to speak out. It tells me that, even for somebody in high office, there is a pressure to keep quiet, forget or frankly pretend that all is fine when it is not.
During the course of my nearly 10 years as Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia and, in fact, throughout my career, I have had the privilege of getting to know hundreds of youth in care. These young people are diverse and talented individuals of all ages, backgrounds and cultures and, time and again, I’ve been inspired by their strength, adaptability and creativity under less than ideal conditions.