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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No. Any child or youth can contact us and talk to someone who will determine if we are able to assist you.
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.
When you turn 19, you are no longer considered a child in care and you cannot typically live in a group home for children in care. One of our advocate can help provide information and discuss your options as you begin your transition out of care.
First, discuss your concerns with the team leader. If the problem persists, each region has a Dispute Resolution Office you can call to submit a formal complaint. Contact us for information, advice and support on the process.